Beat The Winter

Safety Tips to Beat the Frigid Winter

DON’T STOP MOVING AROUND the body parts when in frigid temperatures. The Healthy informs that the human body has specific nerve cells called, thermoreceptors that will send a warning signal to a part of the brain called, the hypothalamus, which has several functions that include regulating the body’s temperature. The body’s internal temperature should be between 37-38 degrees Celsius, or 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is important to maintain the body’s temperature when in frigid conditions. Wearing layers is still recommended, but staying active and moving around keeps blood flow throughout the body. In situations where the body is in a still position, remember the simple things like wiggling the fingers and toes to maintain blood flow. Being conscious about these little movements go a long way in extremely low temperatures.

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CONSISTENT TEMPERATURES plays fewer tricks on the body’s internal temperature, thus leading to a healthier body. Some people will argue that random temperature drops and rises can sicken the body. According to an article by Lohud, the body’s immune system gets weaker from transitioning between hot and cold environments – allowing the body to be more susceptible to viruses. FYI, it’s easy for viruses to live in cold temperatures.

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In a NY Times article, ‘Cold Weather Tips From Chicagoans Who Really Know What They’re Talking About’ a FedEx driver explains a best practice to overcome the constant temperature changes between his FedEx vehicle and each delivery in cold temperatures. The secret is not blasting the heat. Yes, that’s correct. Instead, dressing the part and keeping the warmth and moisture trapped within the layers. This tip is not for everyone but has proven to work for this FedEx driver.

ICE MELT helps reduce the risk of losing control of your balance due to an icy walkway. The key factor to avoid this type of injury is spreading ice melt across walkways, parking lots, driveways, etc. before the process of precipitation starts freezing over. After the surface is frozen, it’s important to continue applying ice melt to eliminate the frozen ice and also provide extra traction and grip for walkers’ safety.

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NITRILE GLOVES has multiple purposes, even outside a hospital-like setting. They can act as the first layer of hand protection – before strapping on a pair of liners or insulated winter gloves. According to a NY Times article, nitrile gloves will trap in the heat moisture, not allowing the moisture to escape from the surface of your skin.

NFPA Releases Natural Disaster Electrical Equipment Checklist

When Natural Disasters Strike, Should Damaged Electrical Systems be Repaired or Replaced?

Electrical systems in the midwest can be damaged by numerous natural disasters including floods, lightning, hail, ice, snow, high winds and tornadoes. Significant damage from severe weather is expected to occur at least once a year. Electricians must answer the critical question of whether or not to repair or replace electrical equipment as a result.

Use NFPA’s helpful “Natural Disaster Electrical Equipment Checklist” to guide your assessment. The checklist is provided by NFPA, and refers to recommendations in Chapter 32 of the 2019 edition of NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance.

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NFPA Natural Disaster Electrical Equipment Checklist






How Did this Winter’s Weather Affect Steel Conduit?

-By Ron Styne

The date may tell you its spring, but it still looks like winter when it comes to Lake Superior. The major effect of ice on the Great Lakes is crucial because it impacts many things from the fishing industry to commercial shipping and has actually had an impact on steel conduit. The amount of ice cover on the Great Lakes varies from year to year. However, according to the NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, the average thickness of ice on Lake Superior is 8.9 inches thick.

A key ingredient in the production of steel conduit is iron ore. Iron ore loaded on ships needs to come through the Great Lakes and make its way to production facilities so that it can be used in the production of rolled steel, which in turn is used to make steel conduit. According to the director of traffic services for the US Coast Guard, while shipping times are improving on the Great Lakes, there are 60 vessels waiting to lock through Lake Superior.

In wake of one of the worst winters in decades, there are calls for more US ice breaking capacity for its water ways.

So in essence, the harsh winter is still impacting the production of steel conduit.

Your Electricity and Climate Change

When the power goes out do you have a backup generator ready? Bad weather, electrical overload…climate change?

Extreme weather plays a huge role with its affect on our nation’s electrical grid.

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