Although it’s not quite known when the tradition of Groundhog Day exactly started in the United States, there is evidence that it took place in Pennsylvania as early as the 18th century. It strikes a similarity to Imbolc, a pagan festival that celebrates the changing of seasons in the Celtic calendar. Whatever and whenever the case, the basic idea of Groundhog Day is that a groundhog is released from its cage and if it can see its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If not, spring will come early. Unfortunately, even if the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, it’s not an exact science, so those who work or go outside should still remember their leather work gloves and other protective clothing.
Once the holidays are over, many of us hope that spring will just be around the corner, but this is often not the case. January and February are traditionally the coldest months of the year, depending on where you live. And just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean that people don’t have to brave the elements and do their job. Workers in construction, electrical line repair, transportation and many other fields all have to work outside, no matter the weather, so it’s imperative that these workers protect themselves with the right gear. Here are several mandatory things to wear:
- Leather work gloves protect your hands in so many wears. Your hands are some of the most susceptible parts of your body to frostbite and other winter weather hazards. In addition, cold hands are less likely to be able to perform tasks as they are less flexible. Leather work gloves protect your hands from the elements and keep them warm enough to perform the job.
- Don’t forget the rest of the body either. Coveralls can protect your body in incredibly cold temperatures – up to negative 37 degrees Fahrenheit in some cases. In that same regard, hats, jackets and boots are essential protective gear as well.
- And let’s not forget how dark it gets. Reflective clothing can be a lifesaver during the winter months. First and foremost, the winter months feature the shortest days of the year, so by rush hour, it’s already dark. Additionally, those who have to work outside during blizzards or ice storms know that visibility can be a huge issue. Reflective clothing prevents accidents from happening and is a necessary component of protective winter weather gear.
Just because the holidays are over does not mean the worst of winter is over. Make sure you always wear protective clothing when doing anything outside.
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Heather B has always been interested in keeping people safe in the workplace and on the job site.