Cozy Up to Winter with These CPSC Safety Tips for Outdoor Activities
By Southern Maryland Volunteers
December 6, 2022

Hi Neighbor!

Outdoor activities change with the seasons, but your focus on safety should not. 



Sobering injury statistics from last winter (illustrated below) show why you should remain vigilant about safety while participating in outdoor activities from sledding and skating to skiing and snow blowing this winter.

Winter Activity Safety Infographic

Follow our safety tips to help keep safe this winter: 

Winter Sports Safety – Helmets Make a Difference

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet to reduce the risk of a head injury. 
  • Wear the right helmet for the activity. Check out our helmet safety publication Which Helmet for Which Activity for more information.
  • Helmets aren’t just for kids — they’re for adults, too. 

Snow Blower Hazards – Clear Snow Safely 

  • NEVER leave a gas-powered snow blower running in an enclosed area. The exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide, which can kill in minutes.
  • Don’t add gasoline to a running or hot engine, to avoid a fire; and always keep the gasoline in a portable gasoline container with a child-resistant closure to prevent child poisonings.
  • Turn the machine off and use a cleanout tool or a long stick, NOT your hands, to unclog wet snow and debris from the machine.

Check for Recalls

  • Check your home before bringing out winter-related products, check if your products were previously recalled.
  • Fill out and send in registration cards that come with new products or register your product on the firm’s website so that companies know how to contact you if there is a recall.
  • Report any unsafe products or any incidents where someone was injured by a product to CPSC at