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    Default Wear your wedding (or any) ring on duty?

    Wife asked why I wasnt wearing my wedding ring when I came home this morning. I told her I forgot it in the truck and that I dont wear it on duty. I tried to explain to her that it is not safe to wear rings in alot of situations (extrication, truck maint., hazmat, almost everything we do). And for me add the fact that my ring is titanium and ring cutters arent gonna even come close to cutting it off if necessary.

    How many of you do or do not wear rings on your fingers?

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    Now that I'm working in the office I no longer take my rings off at work as a matter of course but I do if I'm pulling an extra shift on the floor so I voted, "No."

    IMHO, rings and the kind of work we do are a bad combination. I've seen some nasty degloving injuries on other people from rings versus equipment/machinery and I'd prefer not to see any on myself...

    My wife knows I take my rings off and she knows why -- she's an ER nurse and has seen plenty of ring related injuries, too.
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    Default Well.....

    If I am worried about my ring getting snagged on something, I will generally put a glove on.

    For some reason, it seems more like a clever excuse to get out of wearing it, but thats just me. Besides, its easier to pick up chics with it on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    If I am worried about my ring getting snagged on something, I will generally put a glove on.

    For some reason, it seems more like a clever excuse to get out of wearing it, but thats just me. Besides, its easier to pick up chics with it on!
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    I don't even wear it at home.
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    kyle, you are a good brave man! Rings are for women anyway!

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    Get it snagged once and deglove your finger or worse(maybe) yet tear it off your hand and you'll wish you would have left it in your locker
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    In 25-1/2+ years of marriage, I can count on one hand how many times my wedding band has been off my finger...Five, to be exact.
    Two of those times was to have it repaired, once was because I snagged it while swinging down from a roof truss on a house I was building and it cut into my finger, another time was because of a broken ring finger (also construction related) and once to re-exchange them when we renewed our wedding vows at our 10th anniversary Mass.

    I have had a few accidents that resulted in a finger injury over the years. All of them were while doing construction related work, never while performing firefighting activities.

    If you're afraid if an injury because of your ring, then by all means take it off...Or, just wear your gloves like you're supposed to!
    I will say this, however, you are much more likely to be injured by wearing a wristwatch than you ever will be by wearing a wedding ring.

    By the way, I remove my watch only slightly more often than I do my wedding ring.
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    My ring has not been off my hand since the day I said "I do". As Memphis said, if you are wearing your gloves like you are supposed to, it is damn difficult to catch it on anything. I have never even heard of an incident where a FF wearing gloves caught their ring on anything and was degloved.

    (Please note: I did not say it hasn't happened. I said I never heard of it).
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    Never wore my rings while on duty full-time and always took them off responding to calls with my volunteer department.

    Summer of 1986 I responded to a structure fire with my volunteer dept near my cottage. I grabbed a 100 ft roll of 1-1/2 inch hose and threw it out to unroll it. In the process the ring finger on my left hand somehow got caught in the roll.

    When I got my hand loose the ring finger was peeking out from behind my baby finger. Fracture dislocation at the metacarpophalangeal joint where the finger joins the hand. Doc said that had I had my wedding ring on I would have lost the finger.

    Ironic thing is I took it off pulling up to the call as I always did. My wife gave me one dirty look as I threw it into the ashtray. Told her I would explain later. Needless to say I didn't have to say much. Wouldn't have mattered if I had gloves or not.

    I respect the rational for keeping a wedding ring on but I'm afraid that it may cost somebody a finger someday. I know some guys who put it on a neck chain while on duty.

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    I just don't wear jewelry to begin with. The Army got me wearing a watch anytime I'm awake (good for timing pulses/ respirations now), other than that I never wear necklaces, rarely wear a wedding ring. The few times I have worn it, I bang it off everything, get it stuck in stuff. Just seems easier not to deal with it.

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    By mutual agreement with my wife (who knows the Fire Service extremely well) I don't wear a ring. My VFD also has a rule regarding Facial jewelry which we don't take lightly. Rings, Studs, Ear Rings, etc. must be removed or covered to prevent injury while operating at a Fire.
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    I've worn my wedding ring only few times in the 14 years I have been married. I just don't like the feel of any jewelry-watches, rings, necklaces, etc. I can't even stand wearing a tie.

    Fortunately, my wife is very understanding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CANFF2706 View Post
    Never wore my rings while on duty full-time and always took them off responding to calls with my volunteer department.

    Summer of 1986 I responded to a structure fire with my volunteer dept near my cottage. I grabbed a 100 ft roll of 1-1/2 inch hose and threw it out to unroll it. In the process the ring finger on my left hand somehow got caught in the roll.

    When I got my hand loose the ring finger was peeking out from behind my baby finger. Fracture dislocation at the metacarpophalangeal joint where the finger joins the hand. Doc said that had I had my wedding ring on I would have lost the finger.

    Ironic thing is I took it off pulling up to the call as I always did. My wife gave me one dirty look as I threw it into the ashtray. Told her I would explain later. Needless to say I didn't have to say much. Wouldn't have mattered if I had gloves or not.

    I respect the rational for keeping a wedding ring on but I'm afraid that it may cost somebody a finger someday. I know some guys who put it on a neck chain while on duty.
    Did you have gloves on?
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    17 years in the fire service, had a ring on more than 12 of those, never a problem. Watches have been a problem many times (ONLY wear those at work) but never had an issue with the ring. I know when to wear gloves and I can adapt to other situations as needed.

    Now water skiing, I take it off. I also wear gloves for that even without the ring. See, I can blame it on the ring throwing me off balance when I fall, rather I have it on or off, since I usually wear it. Water hurts with it being incompressible and all.

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    I dont have one. But with the people i work with its a fifty fifty. some wear it, some dont. personally i wouldnt wear a ring if i had one. I am petrified of the ring avulsion pictures you see.
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    When I was married (for 7 years), I wore my wedding ring about 10 times (and no, this didn't contribute to my divorce ). I told my wife before we married I didn't want the damn thing, but we compromised and I got a cheap one to wear to weddings and funerals and whatnot.

    Anyway, I would NOT wear it at work, and when I get re-married, I won't wear it at work then either. I've witnessed a de-gloving injury at work, and that was enough for me. In this case, the member exited the cab, and used a manufacturer-installed handrail that had two exposed bolts on it. The ring caught one of the bolts, and his body had too much momentum to for him to stop, causing the degloving injury. Ugh! Yes, it could have happened at home just as easily, but why take the risk at work.

    And no, George, he didn't have gloves on. He was getting off the rig to get groceries for the tour at the grocery store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
    And no, George, he didn't have gloves on. He was getting off the rig to get groceries for the tour at the grocery store.
    There you go. If he wasn't wasting taxpayers money shopping while he was supposed to be protecting the lives and properties of the citizens who paid his salary, it wouldn't have happened.
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    Yes, I was kidding.
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    How do you get a C**k ring caught at work......oh wait...you mean a ring on your finger!

    Boss one day for got to take it off...accidentally smashed it in the door of the cab and we had to use the ring cutter to get it off....he tapped out...couple weeks to let the finger recover...it was pretty swollen and cut up.

    I don't wear mine...always learned from a young age when working around machinery or jobs like this....don't wear loose clothing, rings...etc.

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    When I was a yun'n, my dad who drives commercal long haul got his ring caught in a conveyer belt. Twisted the ring all to he!!. FORTUNATELY did nothing more than provide him with a slight cut to the knuckles. I learned the lesson well.

    However, have had my own lucky experience, similar to my Dad but somewhat less traumatic. And it was not work or fire related. Playing pool of all things; snagged it on the edge of a table pocket. Anyhow, short story is, I do not wear my ring when on the rig, and I dont wear it while aboard ship either. Too many "innocent" things for it to snag on.
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    Default Not an issue.

    I have lost four of them in 15 years of marriage. I stopped replacing them a few years ago.
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    For those of you who say that if you are wearing your gloves properly, it shouldnt happen....


    What about checking the rig at the start of your tour? You wear your gloves for that?

    Ems runs? I have seen someone get a ring snagged through the latex gloves.

    Getting on and off the rig before and after runs? We keep our gloves and helmets on the rig, and many other places do to.

    More importantly, if I am in the sink (yes Vinnie, I know where the sink is in my house, right next to the couch!) and the damn thing comes off, I wont lose a finger, ill lose a more important appendage!
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    Hell no! This is my excuse for not getting married. Much too dangerous!!!















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    Fifteen years of marriage. Never made it a point to take the ring off on the job or at any other manual labor jobs I have worked. I used to take it off when working on the car. I can't get it off any more, my knuckles are too knobby. I'll eventually have to get it cut off and resized, I think.

    I hear what some of you guys are saying, but like George and 4949 I intend to keep wearing it. Stuff can go wrong on the job and at home and anywhere. If you're really worried about it you would do like some of the other guys said and never wear it. Loose bolts and other oddities can happen anywhere, they are not restricted to incident scenes and fire stations. Taking it off only when on the job is like only wearing your seatbelt on certain roads.
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