Kids: Be Cautious With New Winter Playground

By KBJR News 1

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 7:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - New snow means that many Nordic, snowshoe, and hiking trails are now open and active—like those found throughout Hartley Field.

With snow banks on nearly every corner of residential neighborhoods—some rising as high as 10 feet—many children are using them as makeshift sliding hills and snow forts.

Beth Petrowske—of the Minnesota Department of Transportation—says that's not such a good idea, as snow plow drivers have a variety of factors to focus on as it is.

"All of their gauges, reports from our dispatch, and they have to watch out for other vehicles. So, children playing near the roadway is very dangerous. We just ask that children stay away from the side of the roadways. Don't build forts there, and don't slide near the roadways," said Petrowske.

Petrowske added that—in some tragic cases—children using snow piles as forts have accidentally been buried by passing snowplows.