Staying Warm While Working Outside

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A day like Tuesday makes you want to just stay inside, but for some workers that isn't possible.

Workers with the Augusta County Service Authority braved the cold Tuesday; checking water mains to make sure they weren't frozen and thawing them if they were.

They bundled themselves up in gloves and hats, but it was still a cold job on a cold day; however, there is one thing that helps them stay warm.

"Well, a lot of us just grow a beard. And we wear a lot of layers, and we try to minimize being outside unnecessarily, limit it as much as possible," said Jesse Roach, the director of field operations for the Augusta County Service Authority.

Roach also said they also have glove heaters.

If you are working outside, you should try and have someone with you to watch each other for signs of hypothermia.

Here are a few ways to make sure someone isn't suffering.

First, ask them to stop shivering; if they can, the hypothermia is most likely mild.

Second, a person may only be suffering from mild hypothermia if you ask them a math question and they are able to answer it.

Lastly, mild hypothermia can be treated by adding extra clothing layers and increasing movement. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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