Outside Workers Battle Freezing Temperatures

Monday, December 15th 2008, 7:14 pm
By: News 9

By Amy Lester, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- In the frigid weather, most people try to stay warm inside and avoid the cold.

Many people have to spend at least part of the work day outside no matter what the weather may be like.

The chill of the cold may be painful, if you're outside just for a short time, but it's even worse when you have to stay out all day.

A repair patrol team worked to fix a fence in 15 degree weather.

"Put on some clothes, warm clothes, you know it's going to be a long day that we just have to deal with it," Adrian Vargas with CP Integrated Services said.

Even if you layer up, it never seems to be enough.

"It's the sharp wind that blows," Mike Yarbrough, Oklahoma Department of Transportation Contract Monitor, said. "It cuts your right in two."

Firefighters face a similar challenge when trying to save lives on a cold day.

"Doing our job, we don't really get to decide what conditions we do it in, we just go," Oklahoma Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Lindsay said.

They put on the layers and keep moving around, to stay warm.

"Usually when we respond, though, we're working, so we're active and staying busy a lot of times when we have to respond outside, we've got something nice and warm in front of us," Lindsay said.

There is some good news for people who work outside; it looks like it'll warm up by the end of the week.