As we start the first work week of the New Year, much of the country finds itself in a deep freeze. Today, our immediate concern is for the service techs who are making repairs, in-out-under-around the house in the freezing temperatures. It will be important for technicians to pay closer attention to changes they experience with their bodies while working outside in the extremely cold temperatures.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following essential safety tips when working in extremely cold conditions:
- Wear layers of loose clothing and avoid tight clothing, as it can restrict blood circulation.
- Ensure the ears, face, hands and feet are properly covered.
- Wear waterproof and insulated boots.
- Take frequent break and move into warm locations during them. If working in remote areas with no access to heat, use air-activated heat packs to provide warmth for your hands and feet.
- Include a thermometer and chemical hot packs in your first aid kit.
- Most importantly, workers should watch out for one another. Monitor your physical condition as well as that of your co-workers.
Preparation and prevention is the key to avoiding cold-related injuries. Thank you service techs and be safe!
For more information on the symptoms of cold weather stress including hypothermia and frostbite and what to do if you experience it, visit https://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340104_Frostbite_and_Hypothermia.pdf