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POD: Gearing Up For The Cold



Having on-site radiant heaters and providing additional gear such as dry boots, coats, gloves, and more can also cut down on cold stress. In addition to extra cold-weather gear, construction companies at this time must also maintain an adequate supply of PPE for crews to prevent coronavirus transmission.




POD: Gearing up for the cold



OSHA recommends that employers and supervisors closely monitor employees working outside in the cold and to also schedule frequent, short breaks in a dry areas where workers can find brief shelter from the low temperatures.


The patent-pending Polar Life Pod (PLP) is an innovative, cold water immersion system to facilitate the rapid on-site cooling of individuals, whenever and wherever needed. The PLP is collapsible, compact and portable, making it easy to set-up and use.


Details: We do not have the capacity to continually fill a cold tub, but the Polar Life Pod allows us to have gear ready and transportable to our spread out facilities. It is much more storable than a large plastic tub.


Always machine wash cold. Tumble dry with low heat setting. Do not bleach. Do not dry clean. Do not iron. Be sure the garment is thoroughly dried and turned inside out during the drying process if necessary. You can also find washing instructions on all care labels located on the product.


Firefighters with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue are gearing up for a blast of winter weather expected to bring unusually cold temperatures, snow, and ice to the region. At the same time, residents are encouraged to do their part by preparing themselves and their families for the changing conditions.


I had this with me the whole trail since it was pretty light and packed down small. A lot of hikers did not have their puffy in summer and early fall, and most told me they wish they did for the mountains. If I did this again, I would have switched this out for a warmer down puffy when it got really cold.


Med Kit: Leukotape, Ibuprofen, Benadryl (multiple hornet bites can cause bad allergic reactions), Imodium, Pepto Bismol (stomach aches happen a lot), Neosporin, nonstick pad, and Mucinex (got a cold on trail).


Avoid extreme temperatures. We recommend staying within -1/+1 for the first few nights to ease into your sleep temperature preferences. You can then adjust from there. In fact, only 5% of members prefer to sleep at the most extreme hot and cold temperatures.


Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. Otherwise, if you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Remember, your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so do not overdo it.


Great website and great tips on cold stratification for asclepias!! I am giving stratification my first try this week. After I cold stratify can I just plant them outside after average last killing frost? Or will the birds get them? Are indoor pots safer to sprout them then transplant? I have 8 weeks until avg last killing frost here in NW Arkansas. Thanks !!


Hi Eli,Putting dry milkweed seeds (also called dry, cold stratification) improves the germination rate minimally. I did an experiment where I tried dry, cold and wet, cold stratification methods on the same types of milkweed seeds and the wet, cold seeds did significantly better than the dry, cold ones. You can either plant them outside after your last average frost in your area or start them indoors under a grow light (my preferred method). You can read more here: -steps-to-planting-milkweed-seedsWe sell milkweed seeds in bulk here: _Seeds.html


Hi Dani,No, the seeds are not necessarily supposed to sprout in the fridge. If they have started to sprout, that is okay but you will want to put them into soil immediately. If it isn't warm enough yet in your region, you can start them indoors in a sunny window or under a grow light. The purpose of the cold stratification period is just to awaken them and let them know that Spring is near. In nature, they would go through a natural stratification period (winter) and know that spring has arrived when it starts to warm up. They would not start sprouting when it is still cold because it would lessen their chances of survival. I hope that helped! Best of luck.


Hello, I just pulled out a bag of milkweed pods (uncertain of the type) my son and I collected in Bethesda, MD last fall. It's now the end of April. Is it too late to cold stratify and plant the seeds? Also, we have a lot of seeds. Can we sow directly into the soil now and/or plant in seed trays without cold stratifying? This is our first time collecting milkweed pods to plant-- next year we'll know to cold stratify. Thank you!


Go ahead and cold stratify them, you're still in time to plant this year.As for next year you should consider fall-winter sowing for less effort.This link will show you how:www.savethemonarchbutterfly.ca/Grow-Milkweed-Plants-For-Pennies.pdf


I've received a milkweed seeds request from Helga Cotton but I don't see her post here. In any case I do have Common, swamp and tropical milkweed seeds all year around cold stratified and ready to be planted anytime. ( Tropical doesn't need stratification ) All I need is a SASE ( Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) and I will gladly send them anywhere in North America.More details are on this link: -Milkweed-Seeds-For-All.pdf Always make sure they are native to your area:


Yes,I'm not sure I understand your question. You can cold stratify them naturally by putting them in soil and leaving them outdoors during the winter. I have found the the cold/wet stratification period works very well because in the winter, they are usually under a blanket of snow that keeps their seed coats moist. If you mean, can you start them indoors and grow them throughout the winter, that is also an option. However, because milkweed has a very long taproot, sometimes it makes it difficult to transplant them once they have gotten to a large size. Hope this helps! Best of luck.


I hope this thread is still active.I decided to start about a dozen asclepias tuberosa in small pots, outside. This was in July in zone 6, Pennsylvania. Because I made no attempt to stratify them, I assumed that few if any would sprout, and I would let the cold winter temperatures stratify them naturally. I figured they would sprout in the spring.Instead, most of them have sprouted vigorously and I now have numerous, healthy seedlings. The larger ones have multiple sets of leaves, now, and the smallest ones are just emerging in late July. I don't know how quickly these little plants will grow, but I'm worried that they won't be large enough by the time cold weather comes to survive the winter.Which is the better plan forward? Should I overwinter them indoors, in a bright window with grow lights, let them grow much larger, and place them outside in the spring? Or, should I leave them outside, to overwinter as tiny plants, with reasonable expectation that most will survive?Or, another way to ask the question, is, how large does an asclepius tuberosa seedling have to be to survive a northern winter? My intuition is telling me that the plant would need to be large enough to have stored up enough energy in its root to make it through a long winter. I'm concerned that these young seedlings will be too small to have a chance of survival. But, will leaving them indoors all winter mess up their life cycle?


Kristin, You did good with your tuberosa, my advice would be to put them into one or two gallon pots right away for more growth during August. By late fall cut the plants to the ground and keep them into the pots, in order to survive our freezing-thaw cycle of our winter you need to keep them repaired from the elements always outdoor in the cold like a shed, covered patio etc... ( make sure you water them once in awhile) Next spring summer you'll have some nice two years old plants. They are late coming up in the spring, to speed up the process bring some plants in the garage by early March. :-) This is what I do with all my potted perennials and always come back. This was our last year backyard: -pick.com/online/fe0Z5BzL.link


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Looking for a lightweight option for birdwatching, picnicking, or enjoying the outdoors? Look no further than our folding canopy chair. Each folded chair includes a convenient bug screen to battle mosquitoes and other bugs, making it the perfect choice for all outdoor events. Stay out of the cold with any of our sport pods. If you have any questions about ordering a screen door for your pod tent, please contact Anthem Sports for assistance.


Following on from my review of the Polar Gear Bento Box last week, I have another product from Polar Gear to share with you today. This is the Polar Gear Lunch Pod, a round container that is designed to carry hot or cold food.


I also packed some cold extras in a small bento box to go with it. Along with the curry, Small Child had an onion bhaji, sliced in two and topped with a fun bear pick, leftover naan bread, which I cut into stars using a little bento cutter and separated from the bhaji using a lettuce shaped silicone divider, some raspberries, in a sheep shaped silicone cup, and red grapes and blueberries, which I decorated with cute panda and rabbit picks.


I eagerly awaited Small Child's verdict when he came out of school that day. How was the curry? Was it warm? Sadly, Small Child was unconvinced, in his words "It wasn't warm, but it wasn't freezing cold either". So either room temperature or lukewarm then, from the sound of things. This was disappointing, but I wondered if user error might be to blame. I went back to the instructions to see if there was anything I'd missed. First off, the instructions state that the pod will keep food warm for 3 hours. I'd filled it up just before 8.30, which made it 11.30 once three hours was up. I doubt very much that Small Child had his lunch that early, I expect 12 or 12.30 is more realistic, so definitely longer than 3 hours. Secondly, I wondered whether I should have heated the food to a higher temperature so that it would stay warm longer, and thirdly I only filled it up half way - this may also have made a difference. 350c69d7ab


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