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Stay warm this winter – winter survival on-site

There’s a definite chill in the air which means tradespeople on sites all over the country will be preparing for working through the winter.

Obviously, it’s your employer’s responsibility to ensure that your site is safe, well-lit and warm enough for you to work on (and remember, that’s you if you’re self-employed or run a business!). But there are things that you can do to make the winter months easier.

Heater etiquette 

Space heaters are a tradesperson’s best friend in the winter, but they need to be used safely. As well as ensuring all heaters have had the appropriate checks, make sure they’re placed on fire-resistant surfaces with plenty of ventilation. Never place anything on top of a heater or cover it. Also, don’t even think about putting it near the blinds in your Portakabin. Trust us on this one.

Update your winter wardrobe 

You know the drill: boots, heavy coats, gloves, hats and lots of layers.

Winter workwear

It’s also well worth investing in a second pair of boots and definitely spare socks to bring into work.

You can check out some of our workwear range here.

Toasty fingers 

If you’ve not heard of hand warmers for your pockets, we’ve got some news for you. Just activate them, pop them in your overalls and stick your hands in when your fingers are getting chilly.

Give things more time  

In general, day-to-day work takes longer in the winter. Equipment takes more time to heat up, digging in the hard ground takes longer and getting concrete to the right temperature can be difficult. That’s why it’s important to remember to give things more time in the colder months.

Watching paint dry 

Working with materials such as concrete, paint and plaster during the colder months often has its challenges. Bear in mind that drying times can be increased in colder weather and some paint can’t be used at all at very low temperatures, so ensure you follow the suppliers’ guidelines.

Sika Wintermix

Stay hydrated 

Hot weather can make you feel much thirstier, but did you know you also lose a lot of moisture in cold weather too? Make sure you drink plenty of water with your brew.

Take breaks 

Cold getting on top of you? Take a break to go inside and warm back up again. It sounds obvious, but it’s important.

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