As the days grow shorter with autumn moving along, safety clothing options on the work site extend further into activities outside of work. Just because it gets a little darker and colder outside, doesn’t mean people stop enjoying outdoor activities.
There are distinct dangers during this season that aren’t existent or, at least, as common in the spring and summer. Safety clothing companies spend quite a bit designing safety clothing options for people in a vast array of outdoor activities. Let’s look at some.
High visibility jackets, reflective pants, and numerous athletic safety clothing options line shelves in sporting goods stores everywhere. Whether early morning or evening, visibility is limited as the year draws to a close. Suiting up for your jog, bike ride, or even just walking the dog, it’s important to wear something that will clearly tell vehicles and fellow pedestrians “here I am, please steer clear!”
Hunting season is open for bows and is right around the corner for guns. High visibility clothing isn’t only essential during hunting season, it’s the law to wear it. Every year, there are fatal hunting accidents when limited visibility ends with a hunter shooting another hunter in tragic accidents. Stay safe, stay seen. Also, permanent hearing loss can happen when you’re exposed to sounds louder than 85 decibels. You’re not too cool for ear protection when shooting firearms, so don’t neglect it.
Whether a veteran hiker or just someone who wants to soak in the beauty of autumn foliage, it’s good to be wary. The aforementioned hunting accidents have been known to occur when people walking in forests wander inadvertently into a hunting area and are mistaken for wildlife. Hike wearing bright colors, be wary of hiking in unfamiliar areas, and try to avoid situations with low or limited visibility.
Don’t hide away in your house until spring. We’re in the midst of one of the most beautiful seasons. Get out there and enjoy it. While you’re enjoying it, a little safety goes a long way. Stay seen this season and soak in the fall as much as possible.