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Dress warmly

Tips to protect yourself during winter

Postal worker walks along sidewalk after snowfall
Dressing warmly during cold weather can help you avoid hypothermia and frostbite.

The Postal Service wants employees to dress warmly when working outside during winter weather.

To prevent cold-weather-related injuries, three light layers are ideal:

• An inner layer for wicking moisture away from your body;
• A middle layer to insulate you from the cold; and
• An outer layer that repels wind, snow and rain and can be removed as needed.

Also: Protect your hands, neck and face. Wear warm, waterproof shoes or boots. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can cause your body to lose heat, which puts you at risk for hypothermia or frostbite.

Employees should always dress appropriately for the weather and notify their supervisors immediately if they experience any weather-related issues.

The Safety Blue page has more information, including Safety Depends on Me videos on working in winter weather.