Don’t assume there is no need to prepare for working safely in the cold this year, because of the moderate temperatures in much of the country so far. According to the National Weather Service , the long-range weather forecast predicts chillier temperatures than average in January and February in the Southern Plains and the Southeast.
With home fires more prevalent in winter than in any other season, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are sponsoring a joint initiative – Put a Freeze on Winter Fires – to help raise public awareness about winter fires.
While many workers have to take steps to avoid frostbite and hypothermia during the winter, miners face an even greater danger: explosions. Statistics show that coal-mine explosions occur most often during the colder months, October through March.