It looks like Southeast Texas is in for another round of cold weather this weekend and through most of next week. While our area rarely sees below freezing temperatures, it has happened several times this winter. Preparing for cold weather on the job is important for having a productive and safe workday.
A few tips for the up coming weather:
- Prepare now – do not wait for the last minute to prepare for the cold weather. Take some time to plan what should be accomplished by next week. Perhaps there are tasks that can be done today to avoid weather related delays. Also, think about supplies you will need at home or at the office if you need to stay indoors.
- Dress warmly – layers are always a good option for dressing for cold weather. Think about having a wind resistant outer layer. Scarfs, hats, and gloves are effective ways of staying warm and help retain body heat. If you are working outside or it is raining, wear waterproof footwear to protect your feet.
- Remember your pets – bring pets indoors if needed. Even though some animals have layer of fun, not all are use to freezing temperatures. If you cannot bring pets inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and unfrozen water.
- Space heaters – if you are using a space heater, make sure to read the manual before operating. Keep flammable items at least three away and make sure your heater is on a level surface. Always turn off space heaters when you are leaving the house or office.
- Kitchen safety – never use a stove or oven for heating your home. This can lead to Carbon Monoxide poisoning and can be even more dangerous if left unattended.
Some of these safety tips are useful at the office and at home. Share with family and friends you they can be prepared for this next round of cold weather. Bundle up and stay safe this weekend.
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