Keeping Warm On-Site in Winter
Aside from a cup of tea and a butty, keeping warm onsite over winter needn't be a hassle. We've found handy ways to keep warm, using supplies from your local Howarth Timber branch.
As any experienced tradesman will tell you, don’t underestimate the cold! Keeping warm is crucial; it lets you keep functioning effectively, performing as best you can at your role. Plus, it’s always a bonus when you can still feel your fingers. Keeping warm also helps to prevent winter-related illnesses and nobody wants to be out of commission for weeks because they weren’t prepared.
Keeping Warm with the Layering System
When trying to keep warm, it is easy to want to wear thick jumpers or coats. However, this isn’t necessarily the best option as thick clothing can warm your body too quickly and isn’t practical when you are moving in between areas with differing temperatures.
Instead, we strongly recommend using the Layering System that is popular amongst outdoor enthusiasts including climbers and hikers.
The idea is to have multiple layers of clothing that can be added and removed easily and dependent on the environment that you are working in. There are typically three layers of clothing recommended, each with a different role in keeping you warm:
- The Base Layer helps to ensure that your body’s temperature is regulated, whilst removing moisture from the surface of the skin.
- The Middle Layer could be a t-shirt or fleece that is breathable as its purpose is to ensure that you receive plenty of insulation, preventing sweating, whilst helping to trap in the heat as necessary. This is commonly the layer that you will probably add and remove the most as it’s the one that you can manage without.
- The Outer Layer could be a jacket and has the goal of protecting you from the elements, particularly wind and rain. This layer is waterproof but still breathable so that sweat doesn’t linger on your skin.
It’s easy to want to bulk up with a thicker coat for your outerwear, however, if you are wearing an appropriate middle layer, this should be enough to keep you warm and as such a thinner jacket should suffice.
More Than Just Clothing
Winter also brings a requirement that means you will probably need more than just clothing to keep your warm, but also other accessories that need to be functional to allow you to work effectively whilst keeping the chills at bay:
For most jobs, your hands play an important role so you need to find a pair of gloves that keep your hands warm but still allows you to perform your tasks as necessary.
Hats help to keep the top of your head warm, which is crucial if you are known to get head colds or headaches as a result of colder temperatures. We recommend choosing a thermally lined hat.
Necks are an often-forgotten area of the body, however, a decent neck warmer can help to keep a variety of parts toasty, including the back of your neck (which is often missed by jackets), mouth, nose, and ears. Keeping all these areas effectively covered helps to prevent the occurrence of colds and illness.
A good-quality pair of shoes matched with thermal socks that are designed for colder weather is an absolute must. Not only do they keep your feet warm, but they will also prevent you from slipping over in icy conditions.
Chapstick might seem like a girly thing, however, it is an absolute must when temperatures are low, as it helps to prevent your lips from drying out, which in turn can cause painful cracking.
As the weather is incredibly unpredictable in the UK, but particularly during the winter months, it is strongly recommended to keep a spare set of clothing readily available. This means that if you get caught in a downpour, you don’t need to spend all your time in soggy clothing that could otherwise cause cold-related illnesses.
Keeping Warm During Breaks
Keeping warm during downtime is just as important as when working on-site, especially if you are using a temporary makeshift space that doesn’t have central heating, for example, a portacabin.
Portable Heaters are a great way of heating up space quickly as and when it is needed. Their small size allows them to be moved around with specific areas being targeted.
Providing the means for hot food and drink are also essential to help keep you warm and well-nourished, which is particularly important when the body is dealing with cooler temperatures because the human body needs fuel to handle the potentially extreme conditions.
You should aim to at least have a kettle and microwave available.
Come back next time for more tips and advice about staying safe and visible in winter.
Kat Musselwhite - HT Blogger