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How to avoid frostbite while working outdoors this winter

Do you work outside in Saint Croix, Wisconsin? If so, you know how brutal it can be in the winter months. There are so many things you can do to protect yourself when working outdoors in the extreme cold so that you do not develop frostbite or hypothermia.

When working outdoors in the winter, you should do so with a co-worker. You should never work in the extreme cold alone. Choosing to do so could be tragic and deadly. When you work with someone else, you both can be on the lookout for signs of hypothermia.

Make sure you layer your clothing and protect as much of your skin as possible from the biting cold. Wear a hat, gloves, a facemask, full-length shirt and pants, as well as a heavy jacket. Limit your exposure to the cold as much as possible.

Try to avoid drinking beverages with caffeine when working in the extreme cold. Instead, stick to sugar water and warm, sweet beverages. When exposed to the extreme cold, you are at risk for dehydration, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids.

Always wear eye protection, especially when working in snow, sleet or ice storms. There is a risk of suffering eye damage. Plus, when you wear eye protection, you are keeping the skin around your eyes from being exposed to the cold.

If you suffer frostbite or hypothermia while working outdoors in Wisconsin, you deserve compensation for your injuries. You will miss time at work and might require an extended stay in the hospital. You should not be on the hook for these expenses, which is why you should file for workers' compensation benefits.

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