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Braving the cold to work outside


The frigid temperatures didn't stop some people from heading outside. In some cases it was unavoidable.

Anne Michelsen is trying to get her house ready for sale. That meant working on putting up siding despite negative temperatures.

"We need to get it up and done," Michelsen said.

Medical experts say if you have to work outside, work in pairs.

"When it's this cold outside, it's not a good idea to be working by yourself, because if you develop a medical problem, there's no one there to help," Michael Clark, St. Clare's Medical Director said.

For Michelsen, that's exactly what she's doing.

"It's kind of keeping an eye on each other. If you're alone and working, you just want to finish," Michelsen said.

Doctors also say layering on clothes is key.

"Lot of heat escapes from your head cause there's a lot of blood flow in your head," Clark told Newsline 9.

With a thermal imaging camera we saw the proof. Firefighters normally use the device to find hot spots during a fire. But instead, they used it to show where heat leaves the body.

When we positioned the thermal imaging camera on my body, you could see exactly where the heat was escaping.

"As your face is exposed, that's open skin as far as open to the weather. So that's where we're seeing the most heat," A Wausau firefighter told us.

And Michelsen had those things in mind while she worked outside, bundled up.  But she says even extra layers didn't always help.

"Sometimes it comes suddenly; it doesn't feel quite as cold and then I can't stand this, I have to go inside," Michelsen said.

If you have to work outside, medical experts say, take it slow.

"More of your body's energy has to go to keeping you warm. So you don't want to over exert yourself," Clark said.

So, layers, working with partners and taking it easy, those are all ways to make it through working outside during these bitter temperatures.

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