For many of us, winter is a welcome escape from the hot, humid summer, but just as we have heat mitigation plans in place for summertime, we should take proper precautions in the cold temperatures.  Cold weather presents some serious risks, such as frostbite and hypothermia.  Frostbite is the freezing of body parts exposed to the cold and can range from mild to severe, resulting in the destruction of body tissue.  The parts of the body most at risk for frostbite are your nose, cheeks, ears, toes and fingers.  Hypothermia is the loss of body heat due to prolonged exposure to the cold and is a life-threatening condition.  You are more likely to rapidly lose body heat when your clothes are wet so you should always carry extra clothing if there is a possibility that you will get wet.

Here are a few tips from JLMCO to ensure you stay warm and don’t suffer the effects of frostbite or hypothermia!


  • Wear the right clothing and layer it well. Synthetic fibers like fleece are often best in extreme conditions.  These fibers tend to wick sweat away before it can grow cold against your body. Fleece and wool layering pieces keep you warm, so add these type layers in addition to your outer layersInsulated coveralls are also a good investment if you’re going to be exposed to harsh temperatures for extended periods. Full kits are also available.
  • Wear

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