Cold stress in Mississippi? Yes. While heat is the predominant weather enemy to our bodies around here, cold stress can unexpectedly sneak up on us. It does not have to be icy and snow on the ground to become a victim. Cold stress can occur well above freezing temperatures, especially in windy conditions which causes the cold air temperature to feel even colder.
What is Cold Stress?
Cold stress occurs by driving down the skin temperature, and eventually the internal body temperature. When the body is unable to warm itself, serious cold-related illnesses and injuries may occur, permanent tissue damage or death may result.
Types of cold stress include:
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
✓ Provide radiant heaters for workers to use during work and heated, sheltered break areas.
✓ Use heavy machinery, vehicles or other barriers to give workers cover from wind when working in open, outdoor areas.
✓ Schedule outdoor work during the warmest parts of the day.
✓ Eat healthy, high-calorie and high-carb foods such as pasta, and drink warm, sweet beverages.
✓ Stay active while working and keep moving to generate heat.
✓ Most importantly, dress properly …
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