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Ontario Safety League offers tips on snowbank safety

Group says kids should never play in a snow fort with a roof on it...


After receiving 23cms of snow in some parts of the city this week, Toronto's snowbanks have reached epic heights.

And for a young, snowsuit clad child, that can mean both fun and danger.

The Ontario Safety League has a couple suggestions for parents on how to keep your kids safe, while they play outdoors.

Brian Patterson says the number one safety item should be to never let your kids play in a snow fort with a roof on it.

He says you can have just as much fun building a wall of snow 'behind which you can rally your forces in the defence of freedom".

But Patterson also says there's danger in climbing the mounds of snow, and slipping down the other side, possibly onto the street.

He says that 'can have fatal consequences'.

'Know where your kids are playing, and keep an eye.' says Patterson.  'You don't have to hover like a helicopter, but you have to know what's going on, and kids should rarely play alone in this type of weather.'  

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  1. Frankie posted on 02/06/2014 04:40 PM
    I remember one little kid playing in a snow bank when a snow machine with an auger came by that cuts up the snow and shoots it out into dump trucks. This poor kid got chopped up into little pieces.
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