Cold No Excuse For Those Who Work Outdoors

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email
For those who work in the cold winter weather, it is a struggle to stay warm.

Photo: Jim Beatty
Snow covers mail delivery vehicles at the United States Post Office in Lawrenceville.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

For those who work in the cold winter weather, it is a struggle to stay warm.

The city of Wichita continued to dig out Tuesday, after the first big snowfall of the season.

For many, the work day was spent indoors, out of the blistering cold.

For letter carriers like Mark Miller, staying inside was not an option.

"We do a lot of layers. I've been on and off. I had a sweater over my long johns, and thick t-shirt and lined jacket, and I took the sweater off at one point, and got kind of warm. You have to come prepared in a lot of different ways," said Miller.

Miller says he's always prepared for whatever weather Mother Nature throws at you next.

"The summertime, you can get worn out kind of fast, the winter, I have more energy, personally. I can kind of keep going, although I'm feeling it," said Miller.

Sedgwick County EMS officials remind everyone to stay safe, especially when the temperatures drop below freezing. They urge people to follow the following cold weather guidelines.

1) Always Bundle Up. - If your body is exposed for too long, it loses heat faster than it can produce it, which could lead to hypothermia.

2) Wear A Hat. - 80% of your body heat is lost through your head.

3) Beware Of Frostbite. - If you're not wearing enough layers, and your skin is exposed, you could do permanent damage to body tissues.

If you are like Miller, and must be outside for work, take breaks to warm up, and always stay hydrated.

"I have a lot of sympathy for linemen, plumbers, and different guys that have to get out in this, and they can't move around. I think they have it tougher than we do," said Miller.

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