A tragic incident that took place recently in Regina, involving a 12 year old kid passing away after getting trapped under snow, is prompting some discussion on children and safety in the snow.
The recent storm and subsequent clean up efforts have left behind plenty of perfect opportunities for snow forts and tunnels, but Fire Chief Dale Feser extends a word of advice to parents.
"It's a natural thing. Kids want to get outside, they want to play in the snowbanks, and it's nice to have your children out there getting some exercise and fresh air. However, parents have to be really cognitive of where their children are. Check in on them, and maybe let them know a few tips, of staying away from certain areas that have an overabundance of snow, and you don't want to undermine large snowbanks where you'd have a lot of snow come down on an individual," he said.
"Should a person find themselves in that particular type of situation, especially when lying on your stomach, you want to arch your back and create a little bit of a void space underneath, trying to protect an area so that way you have oxygen to breath. Of course, in the event of any type of emergency like this, you still want to call 911 as soon as possible. That way you can get the emergency responders out there as soon as possible as well, to assist in the uncovering of whoever may be trapped in that particular environment."
Feser also noted that the massive dump of snow could create other emergency related issues, and asks residents to clear a 3 foot radius around their fire hydrants. That way, crews don't have to waste precious time shoveling snow before battling a fire.