Important Message for Security Engineers Personnel Dealing with Inclement Winter Weather
If you are operating within the areas of our footprint that are currently experiencing, or expect to experience severe inclement weather, please ensure that you are taking necessary precautions to stay safe and warm as you fulfill your important responsibilities to our valued clients. As Security Engineers security professionals, your commitment to ensuring the safety of our clients’ sites often means facing challenging conditions, including severe weather. In this blog post, we’ll explore essential tips to help you stay safe during cold weather and icy road conditions. Whether you’re working outdoors, in your vehicle, or facing the possibility of being stuck at work for an extended period, these suggestions can make a significant difference.
When temperatures plummet and icy winds blow, dressing appropriately is your first line of defense. While staying in proper uniform is required, the need to ensure you maintain your warmth during inclement weather is a must. Layer your clothing to trap warmth by using items such as thermal undergarments, insulated gloves, and your Security Engineers provided bomber jacket. Don’t forget your hat and thick socks or insulated boots to protect extremities.
Regularly check weather forecasts and stay informed about any severe weather advisories. Keep a weather radio or smartphone app handy to receive real-time updates. Knowing what to expect allows you to plan accordingly and make informed decisions about your safety.
For security professionals who spend significant time in their vehicles, winterizing your car is crucial. Ensure your vehicle is equipped with serviceable tires with proper tire pressure, windshield washer fluid designed for freezing temperatures, and an emergency kit containing items such as blankets, a flashlight, non-perishable snacks, and a portable phone charger. Additionally, make sure your vehicle’s fuel tank is topped off or your electric vehicle is fully charged before heading out.
Establish a reliable communication plan with your team and supervisors. Ensure that everyone has each other’s contact information and establish check-in protocols during severe weather conditions. This will help maintain situational awareness and provide support when needed. If you find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation, unable to perform your duties, and/or unable get to/from post on time, please communicate immediately with our 24/7 Dispatch & Scheduling Cetner at 205.251.0566 and by email at [email protected].
In the event that you find yourself stuck at work for an extended period, identify designated emergency shelters within your workplace. These areas should provide shelter and a place to wait out untraversable roadways until it is safe to travel.
If driving is unavoidable, prioritize safety. Reduce your speed, increase your following distance, and avoid sudden movements. Black ice is often invisible, so exercise caution even if the road appears clear. If conditions worsen, consider postponing non-essential travel until the weather improves. Before hitting the road, make sure your vehicle’s fuel tank is topped off or your electric vehicle is fully charged to ensure you have enough energy for the journey. Make sure you are properly seat-belted when behind the wheel.
Stay Hydrated and Nourished:
Cold weather can increase the risk of dehydration and fatigue. Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and consume energy-rich snacks to maintain your energy levels. Avoid excessive caffeine as it can contribute to dehydration.
As a security professional, your dedication to duty is commendable. By following these tips and prioritizing your safety during severe weather, you not only protect yourself but also enhance your ability to fulfill your responsibilities effectively. Stay warm, stay informed, and stay safe.
Here is a link to an up-to-date weather advisory map of the United States by Accuweather.com: Weather Advisory Map