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.
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.
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.
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.