Chill Out for Winter Safety

Beary Careful

Raising awareness of preventable injuries and keeping families safe and healthy are behind the Chill Out for Winter Safety program. Munson Healthcare supports this award-winning program, which is shared with hundreds of children and parents throughout northern Michigan each year.

4 Things to Remember

This program teaches kids to be smart and safe while having fun, using the simple concept of 4 things to remember:

  • Dress for the weather.
  • Use proper gear and a helmet when doing something fast.
  • Take a buddy with you.
  • Always ask permission from an adult.

A Mission Inspired by Tragedy

The sobering fact is that around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. And millions of children are injured in ways that affect them for a lifetime. When a child dies or is seriously injured, the lives of families and entire communities are changed forever. Tammie Budrow, a mom and Munson Healthcare team member, decided to take her own personal tragedy of losing her young daughter in a sledding accident in 2007 and help others by creating the Winter Safety Program.

Tragedies don't have to happen. The important thing to remember about preventable injuries is that they are preventable. They often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness, and planning. 

We are proud to partner with the following organizations to share this important safety information to our communities: MSU College of Human Medicine Traverse City Campus; Munson Healthcare Family Practice Residency; the US Coast Guard Air Station, Traverse City; Safe Kids North Shore; Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department; and the Carly Belknap-Budrow Memorial Fun-Day-tion.

We invite you to learn more about the ways we all can keep kids and their families safe:

Chill Out For Winter Safety from Petersen Productions on Vimeo.

For More Information

Contact Tammie Budrow at by email or call 231-384-0406.