Portland, Ore.-- State workplace safety officials said Friday that employees should take the cold weather seriously. If unprepared, outdoor workers could be at risk for frostbite or hypothermia.

Make sure you are dressed in layers, wearing breathable clothing and when you start getting cold you need to go inside and give your body sort of a chance to readjust, said Penny Wolf-McCormick of Oregon OSHA.

On a blustery street corner in Northeast Portland, worker Christopher Dillard came prepared for his eight hour shift holding a sign for a furniture store. I'm having to wear two coats, two sweatshirts and a couple pair of pants, said Dillard.

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