The hulking piles of snow that build up after winter storms are magnets for children, who love to climb them, dig in them and slide down their icy slopes. But those tempting mounds of plowed snow pose dangers, too, as Chicago was reminded Sunday, when a 12-year-old girl from Elk Grove Village, Ill., died in a snow fort collapse.

“That was horrific,” said Chicago Fire Department Deputy District Chief Walter Schroeder. “That’s obviously a parent’s nightmare.”

In the wake of the accidental death of 12-year-old Esther Jung and the treatment of her 9-year-old friend for hypothermia, we asked Schroeder and University of Chicago pediatric emergency medicine doctor Alison Tothy for snow safety advice. Among the recommendations:

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