Cold Weather Risk Factors
Its winter time and that means one thing is certain to happen… Its going to get colder. Cold weather adds a multitude of complications to whatever it is that you are doing outside. It brings with it the obvious problems of frostbite and hypothermia, but there are many other factors to consider. One in particular is often associated with the opposite conditions. Dehydration is not just a warm weather factor, when working in cold conditions you may not notice how much water you’re burning off. Cold air is much drier than warm air and sweat often evaporates more quickly than you can notice it. Remember to stay hydrated in all conditions, warm or cold. Another issue you’ll have to deal with is mobility. This particular issue has many different factors, and results. For one, in order to avoid frostbite and hypothermia you’ll have to dress appropriately. This means dressing in layers to make it easier to regulate your body temperature. Unfortunately every layer you add can make moving around a lot more difficult. If using multiple cumbersome layers make sure you plan your job accordingly, account for some extra time to complete tasks. Gloves and mittens are also essential pieces of clothing to protect your hands from the cold, but can also hinder your ability to work with tools or work with any finesse. Again, planning for tasks to take extra time is always a wise decision, and if you want to learn more about dressing for the cold click here. Another issue with mobility is the other weather conditions we often associate with cold temperatures. Snow and ice greatly increase the risks of slips, trips, and falls. You should always be cautious of the surface conditions regardless of the activity you’re performing. Salting exterior walkways and driving areas and using kitty litter/sand as a traction additive can significantly reduce these risks. Remember, even when using these measures you should remain aware of the hazards. Don’t run, move slowly, and if driving it may take longer than normal to stop.
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