Winter Safety Tips
With the winter coming we are sure to experience inclement conditions, whether it’s from wind, snow or ice. A combination of these winter conditions can be dangerous. Whether you’re headed out to clear the driveway of snow or making your way to the slopes for some winter fun, be sure to take the extra few minutes to don Proper Protective Equipment (PPE). Here are a few tips to starting your outdoor adventures:
Begin the day with layers of clothes. Wearing multiple layers gives you the option to remove clothes throughout the day if you become too warm. Typically you’ll want to wear three layers: wicking, insulated and protection.
A wicking layer is worn closest to your skin. Usually a set of thermals, this layer will help absorb moisture from your body, pull it through the fabric, and evaporate the moisture to keep you warm and dry. Polyester and silk are great wicking materials.
The second layer consists of sweaters, sweatshirts or vests. Usually made of fleece or wool, these fabrics are used to keep the warmth in and the cold out.
The final layer to consider is the protection layer, or an outer shell. This layer is your first defense against the the harsh elements you’re sure to encounter during the winter months. Look for waterproof fabric that will protect against the wind as well. It should also be a breathable fabric that will allow the moisture for your body to escape.
Start by wearing a light- to medium-weight pair of wicking socks. Again, you’ll want to wear this layer so you can keep you feet dry. Waterproof, insulated boots are your best protection against the elements.
Choose gloves or mittens based on the type of activity you’ll be performing. Wear multiple layers when needed. When dealing with heavy-duty equipment make sure to wear gloves that will help protect against injuries.
Don’t forget to wear a hat or headband. You can find different materials, but fleece or wool is the best. Depending on the activity, consider a helmet, eyewear or ear plugs.
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