Many of us, depending on our job requirements or duties, are out battling the weather, 24/7. Sleet, snow, rain, high humidity….it doesn’t matter what extreme conditions are going on. First responders are out there in the call of duty no matter what. As we are still in the midst of the cold winter months, proper cold condition awareness is crucial for peak performance and survival. The U.S. Army shared some insights for their training to “embrace the cold”.
“The first step to staying warm in a cold environment is to properly fuel your body. Depending on your exertion level, Soldiers should consume between 4,500 and 6,000 calories and 3.5 to 5 quarts of water per day.”
“Cover your body – Clothing should do three things: insulate, ventilate and provide protection from the wind. The most important measure to take with any clothing system is to layer. Start out with the lightest polypropylene underwear and build from there.”
“Move your body – Cold weather requires people to be proactive. If your fingers become cold, windmill your arms to force blood into the fingertips. Cold toes? Wiggle them or swing your legs.”
“Observe the other people around you, looking beyond the obvious.” Look for those who are suffering from cold weather injuries and are past the point of letting someone know.