While the hot weather may be great for beachgoers looking to work on a tan, it can be an absolute nightmare for anyone stuck on a job site. That’s why we’ve put together a list of ways to help you keep cool on the tools this summer. Read on below and you’ll be well prepared to beat the heat and anything else that comes your way.
The first thing that any tradie should do is ensure that they are drinking plenty of water throughout the hot days. This is important because laying bricks and digging holes is a tough gig and will cause your body to lose a lot of electrolytes through sweat. So, be sure to hydrate well (including the night before) and keep several water bottles on hand at all times while on the job. Consider packing an ice box if you don’t have access to a refrigerator and the whole crew will be forever grateful.
You’ll need protection from the sun while getting down and dirty, so look to work in the shade whenever possible. Keep in mind that this can be easier said than done, given the location of different job sites. Take advantage of the surroundings by setting up your workstation and toolbox underneath trees that provide a natural canopy. If you’re stuck without any cover whatsoever, then think about hanging up a tarp or shade cloth using stakes, rope and string. Trust us when we say that a little bit of shade will go a long way to helping you stay cool when the sun starts beaming down.
Make sure to increase the number of breaks that you take throughout the day to compensate for a rise in temperature. This is a good idea because it will ensure that your productivity levels don’t drop off too significantly and it’ll also provide more opportunities for you to hydrate regularly. Remember, there’s no point slaving away on a bricklaying job if you aren’t making progress and things will come together quicker if you use time in smart ways.
Arriving to the job in the correct clothing will make a world of difference to how you feel and how hard you can work when the hot conditions come out to play. Grab a UV hard hat cover to keep your neck safe from sunburn and think about wearing a cooling beanie that can be soaked in cold water to limit heat exposure and effectively cool the head. Similarly, specially designed cooling vests can help with core temperature control and will keep you in good shape while battling the harsh elements. Decking yourself out in the correct clothing is a smart call that will go a long way towards keeping you cool on the tools this summer.
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