RefrigiWear is the leading manufacturer of insulated industrial outerwear. Here are some basic tips for staying healthy in cold temperatures, based on over 50 years of experience in helping workers stay warm, safe and comfortable in freezing temperatures.
10 Cold Tips for Keeping Warm
- Choose clothes according to the job — not only the temperature.
- Dress in an area similar to your work environment. Layer clothes to allow for temperature variances.
- Avoid perspiration. Keep your clothes dry, both inside and out. Ventilate your clothes regularly when you are highly active and don't overdress.
- Don’t wear clothing that’s too small or too tight. Poor blood circulation reduces your body’s ability to generate heat.
- Drink lots of water, cut down on caffeinated and hot beverages. You need lots of water to stay warm. Caffeine acts as a diuretic and can dehydrate. Hot drinks can cause sweating.
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol. Nicotine and alcohol dangerously effect the body’s ability to regulate and conserve heat. They effect your extremities in particular.
- Eat more. Yes, eat more. At least 3,000 to 4,000 calories per day is recommended when exposed to extremely cold environments. Your diet should consist of 40% carbohydrates, 40% fats and 20% proteins.
- Don’t expose your skin. Exposed skin can freeze quickly. At temperatures of 0O and below your skin can freeze in less than 15 seconds. Avoid touching cold metal or plastic objects with your bare skin.
- Don’t ignore your body’s signs. Cold hands and feet are signs that your body temperature has dropped. If your hands and feet are cold, make sure that your head is properly covered. If you find that you are drowsy, lose coordination, shiver or breathe slowly, get out of the cold.
- Wear RefrigiWear garments. The RefrigiWear Cold Defense system offers head-to-toe warmth for a variety of temperatures and activity levels.
RefrigiWear Cold Defense
To remain safe in cold temperatures, your clothing system should include the following:
- Inner Layer: This is the most important layer for regulation of the skin climate (moisture + temperature). If perspiration occurs and is allowed to remain close to the body, it will cool the overall body temperature. Inner layers include Thermal Underwear. Wicking characteristics are very beneficial in the layer closest to your body.
- Outer insulating Layer: The insulating layer needs to both continue the wicking action of your bottom layer of clothing as well as keep heat from escaping. Keep in mind that more insulation is not necessarily better; too much insulation may cause sweating. Certain features assist in keeping the cold away from the body, some of these features include a water-repellent, wind-tight outer shell, storm flaps to cover zippers and an elastic back band which helps protect kidneys.
- Extremities — head, hands and feet: It is vital to protect your extremities when working in the cold as these areas are the first to lose heat. Insulated boots, gloves and hats will not only protect those body parts, but will also keep the rest of you warm and safe.