Snowball fights can be dangerous

As fun as snowball fights can be, there are some dangers to the winter pastime.

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EMMY VICTOR: Snow usually brings perfect conditions for children to enjoy it. They can go sledding, build a snowman or have a snowball fight. Before anyone scoops up that first handful of snow to have some fun, experts say to be aware of a few hazards.

LOIS LEE: I think the biggest risk, really, is around head injuries. Either if a snowball is directed at another child's head or if due to the force of the snowball a child slips and then falls.

EMMY VICTOR: Dr. Lois Lee is a senior associate in medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. She says where you aim is critical to keeping others safe.

LOIS LEE: Don't aim the snowball at the head. Try to aim it at the torso. They're well padded, hopefully with their coats and their snow boots, et cetera.

EMMY VICTOR: Experts say dressing appropriately can also prevent hypothermia or frostbite.

JASON KEELING: Want to make sure that you have layered clothing. Put on a hat, put on gloves. Make sure you don't go out and by yourself.

EMMY VICTOR: Jason Keeling gives out winter safety tips to families for the American Red Cross. He says another way to limit bruises or property damage is to pay close attention to where you pick up snow. JASON KEELING: sure you're picking up snow from areas where it's absolutely fresh and you're not-- picking up the side of the walkways or sidewalks where there might be rocks or debris.

EMMY VICTOR: Also, younger kids should be supervised. An adult should be in charge to establish some ground rules.

JASON KEELING: Should be adult supervision at all times. If you're letting your kids go out by themselves in this kind of-- in these kind of conditions, then that can absolutely create a dangerous situation.

EMMY VICTOR: These steps can help ensure everyone participating is safe and sound and had fun in the snow. Reporting for AccuWeather, I'm Emmy Victor.