You and your business : Winter is coming...

Three tips to beat the cold

Slowly but surely the days are getting shorter and our boilers are automatically kicking into action in the mornings, which can only mean one thing: winter is coming.

And while you might not have to have the dragon-glass at hand to tackle the white walkers, after the beast from the east earlier this year it would be wise to make sure that you’re prepared to face any cold-snap that may come your way whilst on the road this winter. Here’s some tips to beat the freeze and keep your business running smoothly through the colder months.

Dust off the winter clothes

Following a sweltering summer, the chances are that your winter gear will need digging out from the back of the wardrobe. It’s best to do this before the cold really sets in so you don’t discover a hole in a boot or ripped glove on the first day the mercury plummets. After all nobody can do their best work when they are shivering with cold or their fingers are numb.

If you don’t already have them make sure you have some thermal insulated overalls, a good pair of warm work gloves and a waterproof coat. And remember for the coldest days it’s always good to dress in layers to keep warm.

Prepare your vehicle

Your vehicle is one of your most important tools and without it you can’t carry out jobs. Consider fitting it with winter tyres and make sure it is in tip top condition to avoid any nasty breakdowns in the middle of a cold day. It’s also a good idea to make sure you’re loaded up with de-icer, a scraper, a spare tyre and a blanket to cover all eventualities.

Run a training session for your employees

It’s important to run a quick refresher health and training session for your employees for working in the cold weather. This should include safety procedures and protocols for if they become stranded in their vehicles, ensuring their own clothing is capable of withstanding the cold and basic first aid to deal with cold stresses such as frostbite or hypothermia. While it might be unlikely that conditions will require employees to have to put this into action it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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