USPS offers tips to employees to avoid frostbite, hypothermia

January 12, 2018

The Postal Service is reminding employees to take precautions to avoid frostbite, hypothermia and other winter hazards.

Here’s what you should know:

• Frostbite is dangerous. Frostbite, damage to body tissue, creates a loss of feeling or pale appearance in the extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes and the tip of the nose. Symptoms can include aching, throbbing and even blisters. 

• Hypothermia is dangerous, too. Hypothermia, which occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can be produced, can be deadly if you don’t catch it in time. Signs include memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness.

• Get help if needed. If you experience symptoms of frostbite or hypothermia, call 911 immediately and notify your supervisor. 

• Layer up. The best way to dress for winter is in layers, which provide insulation and help retain body heat. Avoid pure cotton, linen or similar materials because they retain moisture and can cause you to become colder.

The Safety Blue page has additional on-the-job tips, including a Safety Depends on Me video on avoiding frostbite.


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Michael F Shea

Move to Florida ?

Jana Sue

Yeah, ours did the stand up. Get somewhere warm, change out of wet clothes. Like we all have this available on the routes… and don’t be late! Lol

Joy Scarborough

They told us to dress in layers, they had equally lame advice when it was 107 degrees. Pffft!

Mark Pearl

The real advice from management is work harder to warm up

Karen Hey-Zeller

Crazy . How about heat in llvs ?

James Sebring

I wonder what highly paid dumbass came up with this brilliant advice hell they need to be promoted.

Teresa l Clark

the same ones that call the office and ask for an employee by name and want to know what he has in his hand.

Joy Scarborough

Yeah, get a degree don’t have to be a mail carrier when you grow up, that’s my advice to any young person.

Ladell Elliot Holmes

Plenty of people with degrees in my office.

Emitt Samon

Decent heaters in the llvs would be a good start

Blake Burress

Management: “Dress in layers to stay warm”
Also management: “we are gonna keep the heat set on 75”
So now we are all sweating while casing mail ?‍♂️

Dustin Crawford

Anything but sick leave

Padi Pierce

i had a toe turn purple for a week last year. no heat in llv, below zero temps. i turn in slips for llv heater, they say mechanic looked at it, it works fine. yeah, if the window is closed it gets 10-20ºwarmer. not if the window is open.

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