Winter safety hazards for kids: Snow drowning, engulfments in snow forts, igloos

What could be more fun on a winter day than building igloos or snow forts--the possible exception being nailing your pesky brother with a snowball. But then there's the danger of retaliation! The Washington Post reported on Jan. 29 that a couple in Virginia made a super big snow fortress with lights and all! So it's safer to stick with snow forts for winter safety. Or maybe not. Every year, kids are endangered by the very snow forts they so enjoy. Along with hypothermia, frost bite and falling on ice, "snow drowning" or engulfments in snow forts are top winter safety hazards. It's similar to the grain engulfments that killed three Canadian sisters in 2015. Snow drowning is like sand engulfments that occur when kids play in the sand.   Winter safety hazards for kids: Snow drowning, engulfments in snow forts, igloos | Examiner.com

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