It is important that you take all the necessary precautions to stay warm to avoid cold weather related illnesses like hypothermia and frostbite. It’s that time of year again, when many parts of the country devolve into a frozen, bone-chilling wasteland that sends many of us scrambling to our warm fireplaces, layers of fleece and mug of hot beverages.
Even parts of the country’s not usually known for their cold weather have seen the Mercury drop and have felt the biting gusts of winter wind unfortunately many of us have no choice but to be out there is the elements making a living and it is important that you take all of the necessary precautions to stay want to avoid cold weather related illnesses like hypothermia and frostbite so that you should also be aware of the other safety hazards the cold weather brings.
Working in cold condition is not just uncomfortable and it can be dangerous so if you are working out those this winter be aware of the danger and stay safe. Here are some things that you can do to ensure a safe and healthy winter.
Eat and drink properly: weather
As for drinks, well let’s address two major ones that is alcohol and coffee. It seems like common sense but we all know common sense is subjective so we will say it here anyways eat warm food and drink warm drinks and this will help you to stay warmer throughout the day hot meals like chilly, soup, anything you can get your hands on.
It should go without saying that alcohol should not be consumed at work regardless but let’s pretend you are reading this blog Prior to an big ice fishing trip.
Alcohol contrary to popular belief does not make your warmer and maybe it makes you feel a little warmer or maybe it makes you not to notice the cold so much but it does not rise your body temperature in fact alcohol causes you to become colder quick as for coffee drink in it moderation. Coffee is actually reduces blood flow to your extremities making them to more susceptible to frostbite.
Eating enough food during the day especially fats and carbohydrate is also important and your body uses those nutrients has energy to stay warm in the cold temperature so make sure to drink enough fluids as you dehydrate faster in cold weather conditions and dehydration also causes headache and it is important to stay alert outdoors.
Proper glouse, socks and footwear are essential. Dressings in in layers in skin as it not only keeps you warm but allows you to adjust to changing temperatures so choose head wear that keeps your head and ears warm.
These layers will help to wick moisture away from the skin and provide a barrier to the wind and do not forget to keep your dry change of clothes in your car or in the change room so you should get wet by having something to change into you and it could save you a world of problems.
Where insulation under your hardhat, but make sure it is acceptable and head protection is that too bulky and it is shaped funny or slides easily off your head could all have an effect on how well your hardhat protects you and do not create one Hazard in an attempt to fix another.
Prepare the site properly and take breaks:
Take breaks often to to warm up and go someplace warm and dry if possible schedule your outdoor work during the warmest parts of the day so beware of the symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia in case they start to show before you are due to take a break supervisors and waters remember that a few extra minutes of break time is far less costly than when your employee has to go to the hospital.
walking from one end of a construction site to another can be risky when the right precautions are in taken so you already know that expect the usual complement of construction or demolition debirs and loose equipments and tools.
When you add snow and freezing rain to the mix you get a compounded risk of employees losing their footing. this also includes inspecting all walking working surfaces before each shift and on a regular basis, and carrying out risk mitigation efforts immediately.
Keep a cold weather safety kit in your vehicle:
A candle burning in a vehicle could provide enough warmth to ward off hypothermia for a period of time. Safety on a constructions site especially in wintertime is everybody is responsibility
so this means it is important to say something if you see something and employees and manager should know what to look for and be confident enough to make suggestions when they see somebody who may be at risk or already succumbing to the cold.
With the right equipment and preparation and also keeping our friendly eye on our coworkers conditions and construction sites can stay protective and also safe even in deaths of winter.
Before you walk outdoors in cold weather conditions make sure that you are well prepared and be aware of the dangerous of exposure and follow these tips to make safe choices.
look out of your coworkers as well yourself under remember especially when taking to the roads that not everybody is as cautious as you are so don’t expose yourself to other people’s mistake and stay safe and stay warm.
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