This is not the Ladies Afternoon Sewing Circle but believe it or not, we’re going to talk about clothes. Not, however, about how short this season should be but about what the well-dressed worker should wear.
Clothes are more important than you might think. There are right ones and wrong ones and the wrong ones can be dangerous. For example, if your pants are too long, you may step your heel into the back of them coming down a ladder or backing out of a spot and trip yourself. Cuffs are a bad idea for the same reason.
Ties, handkerchiefs hanging out of your pocket or tied around your neck, and torn clothing are hazards too. It’s too easy to get them caught in moving parts. The same thing is true of sleeves that are too long or loose. Sleeves should be short or buttoned close at the wrist.
Pocket flaps aren’t a good idea. Neither are fuzzy shirts or sweaters. They’re too inflammable. Your belt should be snug and your shirt well tucked in.
Watch your shoes. Rundown heels and worn shoelaces can be a menace. See that your shoelaces are in good condition, snugly tied and that the ends are tucked in. Worn out soles are dangerous too. You may step on something that will go right through. Safety toe shoes or boots with thick, hard, non-skid soles are best for most work.
Gloves are fine for rough work, but shouldn’t be worn around machinery with moving parts. The same is true of watch chains and rings.
I don’t need to tell you that your clothes should be clean. I don’t mean spic and span and neatly pressed, but free of oil, grease and excessive dirt and grime. In the first place, it’s more sanitary and by avoiding dusty, greasy clothing, we avoid many skin irritations that can be mighty annoying. Secondly, if clothes are soaked with oil or grease, a spark can make a human torch out of you.
Just remember, if you dress safely, you will be able to avoid skin irritations and possible serious accidents.