Tips for working in the cold

Message from Business Manager Don Daley
This past January and February have been very cold and for the past couple of weeks our members have had to endure the challenges with traveling to work and home again as well as those members who are field workers also having to toil in inclement conditions.  Please take care driving and performing your jobs as ice and snow can cause hazardous conditions.
When you are outside in the cold weather try to remember just a few things:
• Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack-a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before • going outside.
• Cover your mouth. Protect your lungs from extremely cold air by covering your mouth when outdoors. Try not to speak unless absolutely necessary.
• Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
• Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
• Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.
You are important to your loved ones and you must always take the proper precautions to ensure your safety and well-being.
In addition to the cold, there are other winter weather related hazards when performing tasks such as driving in the snow, removing snow from rooftops, and working near downed or damaged power lines. Click the image above to get some helpful safety tips from OSHA