Our version of winter is here for Southeast Texas. We are expecting to see temperatures down into the mid-forties and up into the mid-sixties through next week. If you have a construction job or another career that keeps you outside in various conditions, it is important to stay aware of the weather. While it may not be a major safety issue in Southeast Texas, at least not on a regular basis, it is important to dress appropriate in order to stay comfortable on the job.
As we continue through next week, SafetyServicesCompany.com offers these tips for preparing yourself for cold weather.
Check the weather – Before your leave your home, check the weather for the day. That way you know what to expect and can plan accordingly.
Consider alternatives – If weather does change unexpectedly, adjust the work you are doing. If you can avoid being out in cold rain, take care of some project tasks indoors until it is safe to continue working outside.
Layer accordingly – Layering your clothing can help you adjust during a wide range of temperatures in one day. Each layer has a particular purpose:
Layer 1: Moisture is the primary enemy of warmth. Body heat is transferred to moisture at the skin’s surface, which is then carried away through convection by evaporation. This principle is most commonly connected to sweating, a mechanism the body uses to regulate its temperature and expel excess heat. Because you’ll both be trapping heat through layering, and increasing activity as you work, chances are you’ll break a sweat. To combat this and minimize moisture, your first layer of clothing should be made of a material that can soak up moisture while still maintaining its thermal properties. Wear inner garments made of wool, silk, or other animal fibers, or synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene (most known for Long John’s or thermal underwear).
Layer 2: Your middle layer should be designed for insulation, trapping warm air close to your body. Animal fibers such as wool and silk, goose down, and synthetic fleece are all safe options.
Layer 3: Another enemy of warmth is wind, which tends to work in tandem with moisture by carrying the natural heat which radiates from your skin away from your body. This forces your body to work to replace that heat, lowering your core temperature overall. Additionally, strong winds can rapidly lead to frostbite and other cold-weather injuries. With this in mind, when selecting your outer layer, choose fabrics which protect you from the elements. Windproof, water-resistant garments work best, but keep in mind it should still allow for some ventilation to prevent overheating.
Stay warm and safe this week whether you are on the job or around your home. If it does rain, remember that the roads can be more slick than usual and ice is more likely to form on bridges and overpasses. Take the time to prepare so you can be safe and comfortable all day long.
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