If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, then you’re familiar with the line “Winter is coming.” For that spectacular TV series, it sets into motion a series of events that ultimately include dragons, an army of the dead, spy/counterspy, and a no-holds-barred battle for the Iron Throne.
Well, winter is coming in South Dakota, but it’s doubtful there will be any dragons involved.
A nice light snow drifted across the state Monday morning. The southern half of the state is seeing some hazardous driving conditions.
You can read more about the event here: http://www.keloland.com/news/article/weather/light-snow-brings-slick-conditions-along-i-90-in-central-south-dakota
Snow on the ground doesn’t mean you should stop calling 811, though. Underground facilities will still have to be located for work despite weather conditions.
On the plus side, colder weather puts an end to some summer pests like mosquitoes and wasps.
On the negative side, working cold weather outside has its own hazards.
According to OSHA, prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot, frostbite and hypothermia. In extreme cases, including cold water immersion, exposure can lead to death. Danger signs include uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsy movements, fatigue and confused behavior. If these signs are observed, call for emergency help.
You can get a complete list for protecting yourself in cold weather at the OSHA website: https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/cold_weather_prep.html
In the meantime, remember that South Dakota One Call is open 24/7/365, sunny days or snowy days!
Call 811 FIRST to get underground facilities marked and flagged before you begin a project.
Visit us at www.sdonecall.com and don’t forget your winter coat!
Until next time, safe digging!