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Freezing temperatures and piles of snow will not keep Gary Thomas and Ethan McKenna indoors. In fact, that's when duty calls for these employees of a local snow removal company.

"We usually start at 4 a.m. and go until the morning hours. By the end of the day, we've been outside for 10 to 12 hours," Ethan McKenna, Able Concrete, Inc.

"I'm wearing two fleece sweatshirts, a couple of shirts, a couple pairs of pants and socks, and of course, boots, a hat and gloves," Gary Thomas, Able Concrete, Inc.

But the one layer that should not be forgotten is the one on your head. According to health experts, that's where we can lose up to 40-percent of our body heat. They also say what you take in is just as important as what you wear outside.

"Make sure you're well-hydrated. That's important when you're out shoveling snow because it can be exhausting. Take breaks if you need to. This is a time when people can overexert themselves, particularly those with heart problems." Dr. Tony Briningstool, Sparrow Hospital Emergency Dept.

So whether you're a professional or an amateur, now's the time to be a champ at dressing appropriately, taking a break when you need to, and drinking plenty of fluids to get you through the bitter cold.