Cool Tools To Keep You Cool on the Job Site!
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Summer is here and it’s hot. And if you work on the job site, keeping cool is absolute priority for any construction or highway worker that works outdoors. While there are many common sense ways to stay cool during the summer, there’s also several accessories that can keep body temperatures down and help workers stay cool when working in the extreme heat.
The web staff here at Toolbarn are highlighting some cooling accessories off the website that will be able to help you to stay cool when working under the hot sun.
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When working out in the sun, it’s always a good idea to wear sunscreen. But, you can also hang a wet towel around your neck which not only protects your neck from sunburn, but keeps you cool as well. The EZ Cool Evaporative Cooling Towel (396-602-B) is pretty popular on the site and many construction workers will take this towel and put it under their helmets or on their necks.
Its natural evaporation capability provides a comforting cooling sensation, and it’s made of Poly Vinyl Alcohol (PVA) material, which absorbs water and sweat efficiently to keep you cool for hours. It’s pretty easy to use…just rinse the towel before you use it and wrap it around your neck, head or wipe down other pulse points for a pleasant cooling effect. It is conveniently machine or hand washable. You can get one from us here.
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When working in the heat, experts always advise to wear light colored clothing to reflect heat off your body. Now, several different companies have created cooling vests in effort to keep construction workers’ body temperatures down. Toolbarn offers a number of cooling products including Pip’s Cool Medics Cropped Solid Cooling Vest.
This vest is constructed from three-layers of cooling fabric, and soaking the vest in water for 10 to 30 seconds. The water allows the fibers to charge with moisture, which in turn creates an environment for evaporation. When the moisture in the batting is evaporated, heat is removed and the surrounding area is cooled, allowing the cooling effect to reach the person who wears it. Toolbarn has all different sizes and you can check that out here.
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When working on the jobsite, it’s important to make sure there is good air circulation…especially if you’re in an enclosed, stuffy space. If you’re looking for a good job site fan, Makita’s 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 13″ Job Site Fan is a good choice to make sure workers on the job site remain cool in extreme heat.
This fan is designed to withstand hard environments, but also operates at a reduced wind noise level for quiet operation. It also has 3 speed settings (high/medium/low) and an oscillation selector for peak air velocity and control. Also, the 3-stage auto timer can shut off the fan after one, two or four hours if needed. You can pick one up here.
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Makita isn’t the only tool manufacturer looking to keep job site workers cool in the summertime. Milwaukee has a job site fan of its own. Milwaukee’s M18 18V Cordless Jobsite Fan circulates air over 40 feet and can up to 17 hours on a Red Lithium XC5.0 battery.
It also has a 120 degree adjustable head and has nine stopping positions in order to provide the control over airflow direction. It also comes with an AC adapter if needed. You can pick up one from us here.
As temperatures continue to rise throughout the summer, it’s important to remember to dress for the weather you are working in, take frequent breaks and also stay hydrated when working outdoors in extreme heat. Here’s a prior article with great tips to beat the heat when working in construction. Thanks for reading and make sure you keep an eye out for future content from Toolbarn!