Proper Winter Weather Attire
As temperatures drop the need for proper attire while working and traveling becomes an even higher priority for our staff. Dressing inadequately for colder temps increases the possibility of frostbite and hypothermia.
Our staff relies on proper layering to ensure they are not only staying safe but also have the best chance at being comfortable while in the field.
- Base layer – Preferably materials such as polyesters or merino wool that do a good job of wicking and keeping skin dry.
- Middle layer – Fleece or heavily insulated jackets are great for trapping warm air and maintaining core body temperature.
- Outer layer – Water/windproof materials necessary to keep warming layers beneath dry and out of the wind.
Extremities are the most susceptible to exposure during the harsh weather season. Proper fitting insulated gloves and mittens are essential. Non-cotton socks paired with insulated boots give traction on slippery surfaces and a hat that covers your ears can give you the best protection while working outside. It is always better to be over-prepared and shed layers as you warm up rather than find yourself wishing you had dressed warmer!
During peak winter conditions frostbite can occur within a matter of minutes, proper planning and layering best prepares our staff to continue work wherever that may be, even during the coldest parts of winter.
Stay safe, vigilant, and warm this winter!
– Nick Berg, Division Coordinator