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Brrrraving cold weather

Plan ahead to prevent cold-related injuries and illnesses.

posted January 17, 2017

Brrraving cold weather

Whether you're working outdoors, sledding, or making snow angels, exposure to cold can have serious health consequences, such as frostbite and hypothermia.

Here are some ideas for staying safe in the cold:

  • Cover up. Pay particular attention to your face, head, neck, and hands.
  • Dress in layers. Wear water-wicking fabrics, such as wool, silk, or polypropylene, next to your skin. Wear water-repellent outer layers, such as polyurethane laminate (PUL). Avoid cotton, which does not hold heat well.
  • Stay dry, especially hands and feet, which can be prone to frostbite in freezing temperatures. Overexertion that leads to sweating can also cause your body temperature to drop.
  • Take a rest. Limit exposure to extreme cold when possible, and take frequent breaks.
  • Recognize the symptoms. Early signs of cold-related injuries and illness include shivering, fatigue, confusion, and loss of coordination.

Find more tips and topics for your next safety meeting on our safety and health site.