Working Safely in the Cold

Cold weather makes everything a bit more challenging and uncomfortable. In addition to causing health and safety concerns, the cold can add stress. There are a number of risks people must deal with during the winter, such as frostbite, dehydration, and hypothermia.

Here are some tips on how to stay healthy during the cold season

Take it slow

As the cold weather takes its toll on your body, you need time to warm up. If you spend a long time outside, your arteries contract, and exerting too much energy can lower blood flow and increase your risk of cardiac arrest. When you’re working outside, make sure to pace yourself and take breaks that will allow your body to warm up.

Fuel your body

Make sure to eat well in order to keep your body warm and to maintain your energy levels. Water or sport-like drinks can keep your body hydrated. Limit your consumption of alcohol and coffee as they can dehydrate you.

Install a certified carbon monoxide alarm

During the winter, fuel-burning appliances become more frequently used. Even though these types of appliances are effective at warming homes, they can expose people to serious health risks caused by carbon monoxide. By installing a certified carbon monoxide alarm, you can protect yourself against the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Stay dry

In cold weather, it is essential to stay dry. Wet clothing is a major cause of hypothermia, which is a medical emergency that occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. If you plan on going outside, make sure you wear waterproof gear that can keep your core dry.

If you would like to learn more about tips on how to stay healthy this cold season, view the Canada Safety Council online education Cold Stress Course online