Preparing for Winter Weather

  • Author | Halie Gallik
  • 2/4/2021 8:00 am

Are you prepared for cold weather? Here are a few common risks that you can help your organization and employees overcome.


Frozen water pipes are more than just an inconvenience. They can be very costly to repair and can cause extensive damage at your facilities. To reduce the likelihood of frozen pipes during extremely cold weather, leave a faucet dripping and any indoor cabinet doors open. Also ensure that heating systems remain on during the overnight hours and on weekends, and let your employees know what to do if they suspect a pipe may be frozen.


Entryways and exits to and from your facilities can be very dangerous during cold and wet weather. You have a legal duty to ensure that all entrances and exits to and from public buildings are clear of danger — including ice and snow. Make sure that your employees know how to report slippery parking lots, entryways and sidewalks so that they can be cleared of snow or treated with salt.


For those employees who work outdoors, extreme cold can lead to shivering, loss of coordination, fatigue, and even confusion or disorientation. Talk with your employees so they understand these warning signs for hypothermia, and make sure workers have the proper clothing for working in cold, wet and windy conditions, including warm, loose-fitting layers, hats, gloves and the appropriate footwear. Warm clothing is more than just for comfort; it can also be an important part of injury prevention.


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