It’s Time for Lime

Eugene Sawyer, a maintenance mechanic at our Big Bend power plant, shows off our new hard hat color.

Hard hats aren’t the height of fashion. But at Tampa Electric, they’re kind of a big deal.

This year, it’s time for lime.

Or, to be specific, “hi-vis yellow/green.”

We’re hanging up our trusty yellow hard hats in favor of the new “combo” color. Studies show green is the first color the eye picks up during daylight. Yellow is the first to be detected in the dark.

When green and yellow combine, you get the best of both worlds – the greatest visibility in various light conditions.

That means our team members on the ground, climbing poles and up in bucket trucks will be easier to see, no matter what time of day. And, most importantly, a bit safer.

These hats are made for safety…and that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days you’ll see these hats and know just what to do.

Speaking of safety: January is also Move Over Florida Month. For us, this initiative is extremely important and potentially lifesaving.

The Move Over Law requires motorists to change lanes or slow down when approaching emergency or service vehicles – like our utility trucks – on the side of the road. This year, the law is expanding, adding three additional scenarios. Motorists are required to move over if:

  • There is a disabled motor vehicle that is stopped and displaying warning lights or hazard lights.
  • If a vehicle is stopped and is using emergency flares or posting emergency signage.
  • When a vehicle is stopped, and one or more persons are visibly present.

Together, we can all contribute to more responsible and considerate behavior on our roadways.

Let’s remember that a small change in our driving habits (and even our hard hat color) can make a big difference in the lives of others!