Area children are off school for at least another week. If you're tired of having your children run around inside the house, send them outside to have fun and build a snowman.

Alberta Health Services EMS spokesman Stuart Brideaux said children can play outside in sub-zero temperatures, but, as always, it's up to mom and dad to make the final call.

"It's sort of a judgement from the parent or the guardian, to make that they're not suffering from any early signs of frostbite and get into areas where they can warm up and take breaks. That would be quite ideal."

Brideaux said that children can be more susceptible to frostbite because they aren't able to recognize the symptoms like an adult would.

"To a certain extent, children as well because they generally are paying a little bit less attention to their bodies," said Brideaux. "They're a bit more interested in playing and being in a recreational mindset. So, the big thing with children is to check them often."

Here's what to check for if you've sent your youngster out to brave the cold and enjoy some fresh air.

"Just make sure their fingers and toes and other little pointed parts like their earlobes and the tip of their nose are still not succumbing to any particular cold injuries or concerns," explained Brideaux.

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