Builders, tradesmen, engineers, and other contractors are often exposed to freezing cold conditions on the construction site. In this article, we take a look at five gadgets, apps, tips, and tricks that will help you keep warm this winter!
1. Smartphone-controlled mugs
There is nothing worse than drinking cold coffee in the morning, particularly when you work on a construction site during winter. Fortunately, a California-based company called Ember Tech have developed a smartphone-controlled mug which will keep your beverage at the perfect temperature for up to 2 hours. The mug is BPA-free, comes with temperature presets for different drinks, a leak-proof lid, and space-grade thermal insulation. Simply connect to your smartphone and you’re ready to go!
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2. Pocket hand warmers and gloves
Any tradesman will tell you that having cold hands on the construction site is a total nightmare. It makes it difficult to hold power tools steady, hammer nails in the right direction, pick up nuts and bolts, and even send a simple text message. To stop your hands from going numb, we recommend investing in a set of pocket hand warmers. They can be as simple as these DIY microwavable fabric squares, or as sleek and stylish as the new USB rechargeable warmers by HotPod. You could also try Glove.ly’s cozy lined gloves with “Invisitouch material” for touchscreen devices.
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3. Hard hat/helmet liners
Unfortunately, even on the coldest of days, construction workers have no choice but to put on their hard hats and get to work. To keep your head warm and retain as much of your natural body heat as possible, it’s a smart idea to insulate. Hard hat liners are available in a range of different fabrics, like wool and fleece, and often come with options for neck and ear protection too. For music lovers, why not try a Bluetooth headphone beanie?
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4. Mobile construction management
To cut down on wasted time and save everyone on the construction site from standing around in the cold discussing floor plans and time management, why not download an app like Fieldwire? Fieldwire makes it easy to share your site plans, create and assign tasks, keep a track of problems, and manage your contractors, engineers, and project managers efficiently. It can help you save a lot of time and money.
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5. Schedule short “warm-up” breaks
To keep your construction site safe during winter, it’s essential to keep your workers moving. Studies have shown that regular exercise and movement will increase your body temperature and reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. So whenever you start to feel a little bit cold and stiff, just do some gentle stretches or exercise, and you’ll be warm in no time!
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