For many families in the fracking industry, separation from loved ones is a way of life, and, at Mammoth Manufacturing, we know that it’s even harder during the holiday season. Regular phone calls, texts, and video chats can only go so far in bridging the distance between home and the oil fields. Hopefully you will have a chance to visit, but whether you do or not, here are a few suggestions to help you make their holiday a little cheerier.
1. Keep Them Warm
It can be achingly cold on the extraction field this time of year, and that makes working for long stretches of time hard and uncomfortable. Brighten your loved one’s day by sending the gift of warmth; hand warmers (especially the reusable kind) make great gifts. Thick, moisture-wicking socks and waterproof gloves to keep their hands warm while they are working are also great. How about a nice fleece or wool blanket they can keep in the truck to warm up under after a long shift?
2. Keep Them Safe
As with any industry, fracking workers face some risks. Vehicle crashes are a major concern, especially since winter usually brings an abundance of ice and snow that can create whiteout conditions or cause big rigs to slide off the road. Send your loved one an emergency kit to keep in the cab, just in case. Include things like flares, non-perishable snacks, a sleeping bag, a car charger for their cell phone, a flashlight and batteries, tire chains, a folding shovel, de-icer, jumper cables, a tarp, and some basic tools – screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, and a box cutter. That way they will be prepared if an accident does happen.
3. Send Them the Comforts of Home
The holidays are often lonely for fracking workers, and coming back to an empty apartment or bunkhouse only reinforces the homesickness they feel. Put the one you love in a festive mood by sending some holiday decorations for them, old favorites or new ones the kids made are the best. You could also send treats to snack on. Instead of sending one big gift, try making up a package with a lot of little things in it, so they can unwrap something new each day and put some of that child-like excitement back in the holidays. All of us here at Mammoth lay flat fracking hoses,
We wish all of our customers, and their families, a happy holiday season!