Cold Weather Safety Tips

Cold Weather Safety Tips

Published 19 December 2023

We have listed some tips on how to keep safe during the cold weather.

Listen to the weather forecast

  • Check the weather forecast before going out
  • Listen out for a wind chill warning
  • Warnings are based on local climate and are issued when significant wind chills are expected

Plan Ahead

  • For example, schools could hold recess indoors, outside workers could schedule warm-up breaks, and those involved in winter recreation could reduce the amount of time they spend outdoors
  • Ensure warm-up breaks and practices follow and meet all COVID-19 prevention health and safety guidelines, see site supervisor for specific questions

Dress Warmly

  • Dress in layers, with a wind resistant outer layer
  • When it is cold, wear a hat, mittens, or insulated gloves
  • Keep your face warm with a scarf, neck tube or face mask
  • Wear warm and waterproof footwear
  • When it is very cold, or when the wind chill is significant, cover as much exposed skin as possible
    Your body’s extremities, such as the ears, nose, fingers, and toes lose heat the fastest

Seek shelter

  • When the wind chill is significant, get out of the wind and limit the time you spend outside
  • Develop a work/rest cycle to help fight off the effects of wintry weather

Stay Dry

  • Wet clothing chills the body rapidly
  • Remove outer layers of clothing or open your coat if you are sweating

Keep Active

  • If you are working outside or must be outside, walking or running will help warm you by generating body heat

Be Aware

  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia – see below for more information
  • Some people are more vulnerable to the cold, particularly children, the elderly, those with circulation problems, and those with previous freezing weather injuries
  • The use of alcohol, tobacco and certain medications will increase your susceptibility to cold