How your postal carrier battles freezing temperatures

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – When wind-chills dip into negative digits, most people stay indoors. But not everyone has that choice — like Mark Rivera .

Rivera has worked for the postal service for nearly 20 years. That’s two decades of experience in keeping warm during winter.

“Well on days like [Thursday], lots of layers,” Rivera said. “It’s important not to put anything on that’s too bulky. You don’t want to start sweating.

“You start sweating, you stay cold. It’s hard to warm up. It warms you up for now, but if you start slowing down and your body is wet, then you’re just cold and you can’t get warm again.”

The Post Office gives its employees — which, on average, walk 8-10 miles per day and hit 500-600 houses —  advice on how to avoid frostbite and drive safely.

And clothing can make a big difference.

“A lot of it’s trial and error,” Rivera said. “You [have] to go out and see what works for you, because everybody’s different.

“I like fleece — works real well — and Under Armour, that’s good stuff.”

Even in sub-zero temperatures, city infrastructure also has to keep working.

“When it gets dangerously cold outside, we only go out when we absolutely have to,” said Charles Shasho of Youngstown Public Works.

“Street department, obviously they are usually out in this because that’s just the nature of their job,” Shasho added. “But some of the departments — like traffic engineering — they have a lot of bench work they have to do. So we try to save that type of work for these types of conditions.”WYTV is your source for the Valley’s latest weather information. Download our app for Apple and Android devices and sign up for weather text alerts.

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