During the colder months here in the Pacific Northwest, the change in weather brings continuous rain and the potential for fog, snow, and ice. These wintery conditions can create dangerous working and driving situations.
- When working outdoors, wear a hard hat to protect your head against falling snow or ice and in case you slip on icy surfaces.
- Equip your car with good snow tires with plenty of tread. Slow down and maintain a greater distance between your vehicle and traffic ahead.
- Learn the dangers of hypothermia and frostbite. In cold weather conditions, consider the wind chill factor, dress in layers, and take frequent warm-up breaks.
- Wear a reflective vest and carry a flashlight when working in the field or around trucks, heavy duty equipment, or forklifts.
- Pack an emergency kit in your vehicle and include a fully charged cell phone, blankets, matches, a distress signals, snacks, water, shovel, sand, and first aid supplies.
- Post warning signs and place a door mat at each entrance, and keep floors clean and dry to prevent a slip hazard from melted snow and ice.
- Never operate a gasoline-powered generator or fuel-burning heater indoors. Keep areas well ventilated if operating machinery with internal combustion engines.
- Keep outdoor walkways clear and sprinkled with sand. Wear slip-resistant footwear, take shorter steps, and slow down when walking over slippery surfaces.