Working In The Cold

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

While many stay indoors to beat the winter chill, there are those who must work outside and deal with the elements.

The cold weather can be a challenge to those having to work outside.

“I don't like it but got you got to do what you got to do,” says Gordon Fugate.

He battles the cold, selling papers, trying his best to stay warm.

“I Keep moving around, walking around. I know some people think I might be crazy, but I got to keep myself warm,” he says.

“I got on I think, three shirts, and a jacket and insulated gloves and insulated shoes, two pair of socks. It don't take long for them to get cold,” says Lonnie Gross.

Gross works with the Transportation Cabinet. He says he and his crew make sure to take breaks when necessary.

“If you start getting cold you know, much cold at all, get in the truck and warm up because you could frost bite very easy in this type of weather,” he says.

Power crew workers say they try not to let the elements slow them down.

“You dress in layers, you stay moving, that keeps the blood flowing. Try to keep handwarmers, any kind of coffee, anything that will keep you warm,” says Jeff Baker with American Electric Power.

For people like Robert Baker, taking frequent trips inside is the key to beating the cold.

“Well, when I get real, real cold I just walk inside the store you know for ten, fifteen minutes and then warm up, come back out and keep doing my job,” says Baker.

He says he will try his best to not to let the weather slow him down.

Doctors say if you are going to be outside, try to keep your hands and feet dry to avoid frostbite.

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