Keeping Our Fitters Cool & Safe In Warm Weather
Posted: 7 Aug 2020The temperatures all across the county have been soaring over the past few weeks. They are now expected to increase, with many people predicting that today could be the hottest day of the year so far. With warmer weather comes increased temperatures in any room with large glazing. This also means that our installation team is at it’s busiest period; performing surveys and installations for various blinds across the country. While this weather is making rooms uncomfortably hot, what a lot of people don’t realise is that the temperature is usually a lot hotter next to the glass. In a conservatory especially, the roof can get up to temperatures of 60ºC (140ºF)! As so much of our work involves working at height next to the hot glass, we have to account for these extremely high temperatures. Dehydration and overheating is a big problem when working in these environments even during normal temperatures. However our experienced fitters have several ways of keeping themselves cool while working.
Safely Working In High TemperaturesIn the past we would ask our customers to provide cold drinks to our installers, however the COVID-9 pandemic means that is no longer feasible. Instead we ask our customers to be patient with our installation team, as the hot weather can affect how long it takes to fit blinds. Please be understanding if your installer needs to take a short break to drink some water and cool down. Our installers will also often bring their own fans with them, so a spare power socket is always appreciated. Other things we do to help with the heat are:
- Create our own shade – we fit the largest roof blinds first so that we can work in our own shade
- Start work early – if we can start early in the morning, we can avoid the worst of the day’s sun
- Ventilate the conservatory – creating a through-draft significantly reduces the temperature