There is No Bad Weather

IMG_4176 (1)It’s 73 degrees and sunny in New Jersey today, February 21st. (The above photo was taken just 3 days ago.)  That means that dogs that haven’t seen the ground past their own backyard since November will get walked and that wannabe Tour de France racers will be fully decked out and clogging the streets. This small burst of beautiful weather sucks people out of their houses like a strong magnet picking up a box of spilled nails.  I myself am working outside today getting a much needed dose of vitamin D.

I think people truly enjoy being out but they rarely walk the dogs, ride their bikes or push their strollers when it is not so nice. While living in Amsterdam, I learned a very important lesson – There is no bad weather – only bad clothes. What this basically means is that everyday is a great day to be outside if you are dressed appropriately. How true is that? Seriously, with rain pants, a waterproof jacket with a hood, and rain boots, you can enjoy the outdoors with the added benefit of having it to pretty much to yourself.  I have researched and purchased the warmest gloves, the best warm but lightweight jacket and warmest slip and water resistant boots and with this kit, I am free to go out no matter the weather. I love heading into the woods on days like this because no one else will be there. Perfect solitude. It’s great.

Safety often involves some very specialized clothing. There are some jobs that should not  be attempted without the right clothes. Of course you can, but you will likely run into problems, if not today, then eventually.  Think about some of the accidents you may have investigated. Were any of the recommended solutions related to clothing or most likely footwear? How many times have you seen things not go as planned, both in and outside of work because of the wrong choice of clothing or shoes?

When my daughter was young, she was riding a bicycle while wearing Crocs. If you know Crocs, you know these were not a good choice. This resulted in a fall and broken foot. My son decided to take a kayak out into the sea while vacationing in Mexico. Who needs shoes when kayaking right? While kayaking he was fine but when he stepped out near the shore – and onto a pile of very sharp coral – we all soon realized how helpful proper footwear would have been.

Have you yourself ever stopped an activity because it was either too hot or too cold? Whose fault is that? Certainly not mother nature’s. With the proper clothing you can enjoy whatever it is you like to enjoy outdoors without any hesitation. Remember, there is no bad weather – only bad clothes.

Go Another Click

73.6%of all statistics are made upThe Financial Times published an article by  called “Tim Hartford’s guide to statistics in a misleading age” in which he includes the quote  “go another click” which was the advice of Ed Humpherson, a UK Statistical Regulator.   “Go another click” refers to the advice to go a step further when reading a “fact.” Don’t just take what you see as the truth but do a little research to see where the information came from and if it is accurate. The author proposes simple guidelines to keep in mind when we are reading any type of statistic since it is so easy to be mislead by “facts” as they are often presented to us.

“Be open-minded rather than defensive; to ask simple questions about what things mean, where they come from and whether they would matter if they were true. And, above all, to show enough curiosity about the world to want to know the answers to some of these questions — not to win arguments, but because the world is a fascinating place.”

If you want to check out the full article, click here.

 

I love books – even the weird ones

screenshot_955.pngI am a fan of Abe Books. If you aren’t familiar with it, it can be a great alternative to Amazon, especially if you are looking for something older and don’t care if it’s brand new.  I have found you can find everything there and I have bought some old first aid and safety books from the 20’s to use in presentations and as gifts.

Abe Books published a list of some of their most unusual books which I am currently fascinated with. Who would have known there would be entire books on the History of Concrete Roofing Tiles ? or Favorite Flies? or Stray Shopping Carts?  Check out the books highlighted here and if you have some time, search around and I bet you’ll find some safety books you just can’t live without.