As many of us prepare ourselves for the next blizzard you may be planning on taking a snow day until it passes. If a snow day is not on your to do list, and you plan on taking the opportunity to work indoors to get maintenance or clean up done or you have to be outside to work, here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Carbon monoxide poisoning
If you're going to stay inside to do repairs on equipment make sure you are not running equipment or tools that are gasoline, kerosene, propane or diesel powered, just to name a few. If it is necessary to run these items that use fuel make sure they are placed near a well ventilated door or window and if possible outside of the building. It can take as little as 30 minutes for carbon monoxide poisoning to take effect and kill.
Although you'll most likely be your busiest before the storm you may be one of the kind and brave souls that gets out to plow snow for your neighbors as the storm is hitting. "Cold Stress" is a term the CDC uses to lump all injuries due to loss of body heat like hypothermia and frostbite. Make sure you are properly dressed, even if your cab is heated the speed at which the wind can blow in a blizzard can still penetrate the cracks and crevices. They say dress like an onion, in layers. You can always take off layers if you get too warm.
These are just a couple of things to be aware of during these dangerous outside conditions. If you have other tips to share we'd love to hear them. In the meantime, hang in there, only a month and a half until spring!