risk management: tip of the week

How Cold is Too Cold?

Most self-storage operations take steps to prepare their facilities for the winter months. However, it is also important to take precautions to protect yourself and your employees when working outside in extreme cold weather. Conditions that constitute "extreme cold" can vary according to location. In warmer areas of the country, temperatures near or below freezing may be considered extreme cold. For those in colder climates, the temperatures may need to be much lower to be considered extreme.

Wherever you may be, heat can leave your body more rapidly when temperatures drop below normal and wind speeds increase. This can put you at risk for cold stress, which occurs when the skin temperature and internal core temperature is lowered. Cold stress can result in serious health problems, tissue damage, and death. Over the next few weeks, we'll discuss risk factors and tips to prevent cold stress injuries.

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Mike Schofield

Mike Schofield
President & CEO

Member ARAN Insurance Services Group

10851 N. Black Canyon Highway, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85029