National Lineman Appreciation Day:
Honoring those who ensure that our power keeps going at all times, the National Lineman Appreciation Day is observed on the 18th of April every year.
|2022||18th April||Monday||United States|
|2023||18th April||Tuesday||United States|
|2024||18th April||Wednesday||United States|
Why National Lineman Appreciation Day?
The power keeps the nation running and the power plants are run by the linemen and line women who work all through the year to keep you comfortable, working even on holidays. Be it the grids crisscrossing above you or the lines running underground, the linemen keep things under control from the meter at your home to the power plant ensuring that you never have to give up on comfortable living on any day.
While electricity brings comfort, it also requires safe handling and these linemen ensure that your electricity services run seamlessly despite any situation or circumstance. This is probably why they deserve a special mention and a day to honor the services they offer. The National Lineman Appreciation Day is observed to commemorate the services of linemen and linewomen who contribute tirelessly to the betterment of society.
How can we observe National Lineman Appreciation Day?
The day doesn’t require you to be linemen or linewomen and neither does it need you to know one in that profession to observe the day. You can still make a contribution to the welfare of linemen and linewomen and observe this day. You can make it a memorable occasion and here we have a few tips on how you can do the same.
- If you know a lineman or linewoman then you can express your gratitude for the work they have been doing and appreciate them for the same on this day. Your words will serve as a motivation and encourage them to do well too.
- If you don’t know any person in this profession, you can still give a shout out to these people, who keep the power going on your social media, online forums, and other forums. You can use the hashtag #NationalLinemanAppreciationDay on your posts to draw attention to the same.
- You can pay a visit to the local linemen office and show your appreciation towards the work they do on this day.
- As you know linemen often have danger lurking over them as they work on the powerlines. They are the first to be called in when there are natural disasters to restore the fallen power poles and lines. You can use this day to donate to the family of any of the injured linemen and their families.
Interesting facts about National Lineman Appreciation Day:
On the National Lineman Appreciation Day, here we bring some interesting facts about the lineman in general.
- It was with the invention and introduction of the telegraph, that the job of linemen came into existence, with poles and trees used for communicating long distances. So the job can date back to the year 1840.
- Initially, linemen traveled to different parts of the country to service and to maintain the power flowing, working for longer stints and then returning home once the job is over. The job was in high demand in the early 1900s.
- The lineman was initially used to refer to those who laid the wooden poles for telegraphic communication.
- The “Wichita Lineman” is a song on linemen by Jimmy Webb recorded by Glen Campbell and was ranked 195 in the top 500 songs of all time by Rolling Stones. The song was written in 1968.
- The gear carried by linemen weighs as much as 40 pounds, which is almost the same as a 5-gallon water jug on their shoulders.
- The United States has approximately 9 million miles in wires and about 170 million wooden poles across the country. It is serviced by nearly 115000 line workers in the country.
- To become a lineman you would be required to spend a minimum of 7000 hours in training.
- Nearly 1.25% of their lifetime spent in the air for the linemen, attending to power cables on poles and trees.
History of National Lineman Appreciation Day:
It was in the year 2013 when the US Senate recognized the work of linemen and linewomen across the country through passing of the Resolution 95. It was also at this time when the National Lineman Appreciation Day was initiated to be celebrated every year on the 18th of April in recognition of the contributions of linemen across the country.