Winter Safety: Dressing for the Weather

January 29, 2021

As we continue our focus on winter safety, it’s important to be prepared for the harsh conditions – freezing temperatures, ice, snow, fog and wind. To stay warm, dry and comfortable during the winter months, think layers!

Wicking Layer: This is the first layer and should include wool or synthetic fibers (avoid cotton). These work best because of their ability to pass moisture through the fabric, where it can evaporate and stay clear of any skin contact.

Insulating Layer: Give your body the insulation it needs and add a hat and a pair of gloves to your winter wardrobe.

Weather Protection Layer: Waterproof, insulated boots and an aggressive tread keep your feet warm and dry while helping maintain your footing in ice and snow.

Other Outdoor Considerations:

When shoveling snow, take frequent breaks, stay hydrated and avoid overexertion.

Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, including wind chill, can cause frostbite, hypothermia or even death.

Seek medical attention for symptoms related to hypothermia or frostbite. Symptoms of hypothermia include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Symptoms of frostbite include numbness and skin discoloration.

Stay safe out there!

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