Keeping kids safe during bitter cold temperatures


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Bundle up, that’s the recommendation for kids, as bitter cold temperatures arrive in our region.

Whether it’s walking to school, standing at the bus stop or just playing in the snow kids will need to wear layers.

Despite the frigid temperatures, some school districts will have a full school day on Thursday.

When temperatures dip drastically, to keep safe, some schools will open their doors earlier so kids don’t have to wait outside in the cold or allow students to wait on school buses [to keep warm] until their buildings open.  Superintendents recommend getting to the bus stop 5 minutes ahead of time, instead of the normal 10 minutes early, to avoid kids standing outside for long periods of time.

“At the bus stops it’s going to be really windy tomorrow morning, it’s going to be really really super cold tomorrow and at those temperatures it really does get towards dangerous.  Kids should be outside for a very limited period of time,” Trauma Program Manager at Dayton Children Hospital Lisa Schwing said.

Schwing also said kids should not be outdoors for over 15 minute increments and recommends kids wear appropriate clothing like hats, gloves and boots.  Particularly water proof gears.

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