Snow Plow Safety: Advice for parents and kids
The first sight of snow falling from the grey winter sky can be one of the greatest thrills for children during the winter. Nearly all kids love to engage in ‘snow fun’—whether through sledding, sliding, or building a snowman. Please remember that while winter is a great season for outdoor activities, snow can bring both fun and danger for children. For an activity sheet about snow safety to share with your children, click here.
The following tips will help parents and children enjoy winter activities safely:
- Children should not play outside alone. Establish a buddy system with one or more friends and have them look out for one another. Younger children should always be well supervised outside.
- Children should be warned of the dangers of playing near roads during falling snow or icy conditions. It becomes much harder for cars to steer or brake in the snow– making it much more difficult to avoid potential accidents – and snow plows clearing the road are often a big (and dangerous) draw for younger children.
Snow Plow Safety
Tell your children:
- Stay away from snowplows and snow blowers. Choose play areas away from roads, fences and water.
- Wear bright colors outdoors. Bright colors help drivers see children better. Take extra caution when crossing roads because it might be hard for drivers to see children playing if they have snowy or frosty windows.
- Don’t build snow forts or make tunnels – especially along the roadway. Snow forts can collapse and trap or injure a child, be hit by an out of control car, or be destroyed by a snowplow clearing snow or cleaning up an area.
- Don’t play on roadside snow banks. The driver of a snowplow or other vehicle may not see a child.
- Remember: If you can’t see the snowplow driver, they can’t see you. Stay far away from plows when they are working.
Snow and Ice in the Roadway
Snow and ice can present major safety hazards when left on the roadway or in the large piles near intersections. When clearing driveways of snow and ice in the winter months, roadways must remain clear in order to provide safe travel for our motorists. Soft piles of snow that are pushed from driveways or parking lots and left in the street often freeze solid and can cause as much damage to passing cars as rocks or concrete. Large mounds of snow near intersections can obstruct visibility for drivers within the Village. Please help keep our community safe and be aware of these issues by keeping the street clear and refraining from piling snow within 100 feet of any intersection. Thank you for your cooperation! (To view the Village Ordinance addressing this topic, click here.)
Property owners are reminded that they are responsible for clearing the snow from the sidewalks along their property. Please be considerate of the walkers and joggers in the area and clear the sidewalks as soon as possible after a snowfall.