Wellness Tip for February 2018

Dressing Properly for the Cold and Winter Vehicle Preparations!

Dressing properly is extremely important to preventing cold stress. When cold environments or temperatures cannot be avoided, the following would help protect workers from cold stress:

  • Wear at least three layers of loose fitting clothing. Layering provides better insulation.
    • An inner layer of wool, silk or synthetic (polypropylene) to keep moisture away from the body.
    • A middle layer of wool or synthetic to provide insulation even when wet.
    • An outer wind and rain protection layer that allows some ventilation to prevent overheating.
  • Tight clothing reduces blood circulation. Warm blood needs to be circulated to the extremities. Insulated coat/jacket (water resistant if necessary).
  • Knit mask to cover face and mouth (if needed).
  • Hat that will cover your ears as well. A hat will help keep your whole body warmer. Hats reduce the amount of body heat that escapes from your head.
  • Insulated gloves or mittens (water resistant if necessary), to protect the hands.  Insulated and waterproof boots to protect the feet.

Preparing your vehicle for winter driving is a vital step to ensure the safety of yourself and others on the road.

  • Pack an emergency bag in your vehicle that includes a flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand or kitty litter), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, warning devices (like flares/flashlights) and blankets.
  • For longer trips, add non-perishable, high-calorie food, water, and medications.
  • Seasonal vehicle maintenance is recommended. This includes checking the battery, brakes, tire tread, oil, antifreeze, and windshield wipers. Add no-freeze fluid to the window washer reservoir.
  • Check lights and defroster systems to ensure the best visibility.