Winter’s cold weather is finally setting in across the U.S! If you are working outside this time of year, you should take some extra precautions to ensure safety and comfort. Here are 10 tips to help you stay warm and healthy:
10 Tips for Working Outside in Winter
- Layer Up: Wear multiple layers of clothing to trap heat. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep sweat away from your skin, add an insulating layer for warmth, and finish with a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
- Protect Extremities: Use gloves to protect your hands and mittens for extra warmth if needed. Don’t forget a hat to cover your head, as a significant amount of heat is lost through the head.
- Insulated Footwear: Invest in insulated and waterproof boots to keep your feet warm and dry. Ensure they are breathable to prevent moisture buildup.
- Stay Dry: Wet clothing can make you feel much colder. Choose waterproof and breathable outer layers, and be cautious of snow and rain.
- Take Breaks: Take regular breaks to warm up in a sheltered area. Use this time to rest and rehydrate, and change into dry clothing if necessary.
- Stay Hydrated: Cold weather can be deceptively dehydrating. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Warm Beverages: Hot drinks like tea, coffee, or hot water can help raise your body temperature. Carry a thermos with a warm beverage to sip throughout the day.
- Proper Nutrition: Eat energy-rich foods to fuel your body. Foods high in carbohydrates provide a quick energy boost, while proteins help maintain energy levels over time.
- Know the Signs of Hypothermia: Be aware of symptoms like shivering, confusion, slurred speech, and fatigue. If you or a colleague show signs of hypothermia, seek warmth immediately.
- Use Hand and Foot Warmers: Disposable hand and foot warmers can provide extra warmth during extremely cold conditions. Place them in your gloves or boots for added comfort.
Remember to pay attention to your body and adjust your clothing and activities accordingly. Safety should always be your top priority when working in cold weather.
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