Hard work in construction doesn’t stop just because it’s cold outside. Here are 5 top tips so you can get your job done comfortably and safely, during these cold winter months.
1. Dress in Multiple Layers
Multiple lighter layers are better than one thick layer as the air warmed by your body heat gets trapped between each layer. More layers = more warm air keeping you comfortable.
2. Cover the Head and Neck
It’s a myth that you lose half your body heat from your head (it’s more like 10%). But it’s still important to keep your head and neck covered. Wear an insulated face mask, neck covering and a hat.
3. Keep Your Hands Warm
Keep your hands warm while still being able to do precise, detailed work with a pair of water-resistant gloves.
4. Layer Your Socks & Wear the Right Boots
Wear two pairs of socks. The first pair is a base layer that wicks away moisture and keeps your feet dry. The second pair should be a wool-like material that provides a thick layer of insulation and keeps your feet warm.
Slip-resistant boots help provide extra grip and prevent falls while walking on slippery wet ice. Boots should be both fully insulated and waterproof. Consider going up a shoe size to ensure room for both layers of socks and room to move your toes.
5. Eat Enough & Stay Hydrated
As your body tries to stay warm, it will burn extra calories. Make sure you eat enough at mealtimes. It’s important to hydrate in the cold — dry winter air causes you to lose a considerable amount of water. Keep water with you in a flask to prevent it from freezing.