Avoiding Cold Stress Injuries
Over the past several weeks, we have discussed the dangers of cold stress injuries including the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. This week, we offer a list of suggestions to help prevent cold stress injuries.
- Provide training for managers and staff regarding the symptoms of cold stress injury and illness.
- Understand that the temperature does not have to be below freezing to suffer a cold stress injury.
- Perform outdoor activities during the warmest part of the day.
- Wear layered clothing that can be adapted to changing temperatures.
- Take frequent breaks to warm up.
- Keep skin dry at all times because wet skin freezes at higher temperatures than dry skin.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and tobacco products that can dilate blood vessels and increase frostbite risk.
- Eat a healthy diet and consume high-calorie, high-carbohydrate foods to improve the body's ability to stay warm.
Be sure to consult a physician for detailed information about your specific risk factors relative to cold-induced injury or illness.
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