Cold Weather Safety
Extremely cold air affects most of the United States and comes every year. During the winter, precautions should be taken when working in cold weather.
People working in the cold are exposed to the risk of frostbite. Frostbite can occur within a matter of minutes, depending on the temperature. Areas of skin that are most prone to frostbite are exposed skin, hands, fingers, and toes.
Another concern for working in the cold is hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat. Often this happens when the body temperature is below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Common symptoms of hypothermia are shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness.
Cold Weather and Plants
Frost and cold weather can be harmful to crops and plants. In the late fall and early spring, temperatures can dip below freezing when crops are in the ground. This can cause plants and crops to be hurt or killed. Frost typically happens on clear, calm nights when temperatures are in the mid-30s.
Information from National Weather Service
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