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Warming Houses Open, Remember Safety First

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Outdoor ice skating and warming houses finally opened this weekend. The date was pushed back due to extremely cold wind-chill. It's a little warmer this weekend. Many bundled up to go out and enjoy some sledding and ice skating today. While you are having a good time remember there is some danger involved.

 

Garrett Knutson- Sledding: "It's fun and there's something to do, better than being inside."

 

Garrett Knutson went sledding today with his family. Becky Barbee- Sledding: "We did get a little chilly today, we did have to go inside and warm up for a little bit, we did get a little cold." This family says they play it safe. Barbee: "We bundle up, and we bail off if we are going to hit someone else." It's a good tip, experts agree the majority of sledding injuries are caused by collisions. Barbee: "Some of the big jumps, or we might go so far we hit the cars in the parking lot."

 

The center for disease control reports 10% of children are treated for sledding accident. 6% of those have serious brain injuries.

 

Barbee: "You should come with them a few times cause they don't recognize the dangers, then they can come and learn to be by themselves."  Becky is not the only one thinking kids should not be playing outside alone. Fargo parks employees are echoing the same message

 

Guy Mclaren- Fargo Parks: "If they are under 10 or so it would be nice if the parents are here, just so they can come help and watch them." Guy Mclaruen works in the warming house. Mclaruen: "I think when they get cold we are here, as long as it's clean and open, so they don't have to suffer."

 

KidsHealth.Org says children are at a higher risk of getting frost bite.

 

Mclaruen: "They come for the ice, you know and this is just a way to get back out and enjoy the ice." Taking short breaks to go inside and warm up is key, but be sure to wear all the right gear. Knutson: "Snow pants, jacket, hat, and sweat shirt, and boots, and gloves."

 

Experts say children often make poor choices because they are having so much fun. Barbee: "It's a blast, these are memories, I did it with my own kids, good exercise and these are memories that last a lifetime." Remember whatever outdoor activity you choose, play it safe.

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