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Working Outdoors in the Cold

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As this extreme Northeast winter drags on, those who work outdoors must take extra precautions to avoid hypothermia and frostbite. Danger signs of cold exposure include uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, confusion, and inability to perform regular tasks.

Here are a few tips for those who must work outdoors in cold temperatures:

·      Do not work alone. Use a buddy system and monitor each other for signs of hypothermia.

·      Take frequent breaks in a warm environment but be careful of sitting in a closed vehicle because of the danger of carbon monoxide buildup.

·      Eat high calorie foods and drink sweet, warm beverages. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Since some medical conditions and medications can increase the risk for hypothermia, check with your HackensackUMG primary care physician about any conditions you have or medications you take. Remember, hypothermia is an emergency that needs quick and effective action. If you notice the danger signs of hypothermia, move the victim or yourself to a warm environment, remove wet clothing and call 9-1-1. 

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