The weather is heating up again, which means it’s important to take some time to think about how to stay cool while you’re gathering and working with scrap. It’s not just a comfort concern, but a safety one as well!
While there are plenty of dangers when it comes to collecting, sorting, and cleaning scrap, overheating is one of the most common ways people injure themselves. Follow some of the tips in this post to keep yourself cool!
Keeping Cool While Gathering Scrap
Staying cool while you’re outdoors collecting scrap can be very challenging. It’s not like you can change the weather whenever you want! On top of that, collecting scrap often involves more physical labor than cleaning or sorting it, unless you have something really difficult to dismantle.
Wearing the proper clothing is one of the best ways to keep yourself cool. Short sleeves and shorts are a no go because they leave your arms and legs exposed to potential hazards like sharp edges, but wearing clothing that isn’t too tight and breathes well can make things a lot easier.
It’s not all about your clothing, though! Taking frequent breaks and drinking lots of water will also help you keep your body temperature down, even if you’re collecting scrap in the heat of the day.
Of course, you should also think about keeping cool inside your scrap truck, too. If you have AC, don’t be afraid to use it! Even if you don’t, rolling down the windows and staying hydrated while driving will go a long way toward keeping you healthy and safe out there.
Keeping Cool While Cleaning and Sorting Scrap
Although it’s usually easier to keep your temperature in a healthy range while cleaning and sorting scrap than it is while you’re outside gathering it, people also forget to work to keep themselves cool while they’re doing this part of the job.
Just as with gathering scrap, it’s important to wear the right clothes when you’re cleaning and sorting your scrap. Taking frequent breaks and being sure to get enough water is also key during this part of the process.
It’s also important to work in the shade when you can. If you have a garage or shed, that’s the perfect place to do some of your cleaning and sorting. If not, staying out of the hot sun and going inside every once in a while will certainly help.
You can also keep your temperature down by minimizing the amount of work you have to do. Take some time to prepare ahead and really organize your scrap bins, the back of your truck, and your cleaning area so that you don’t have to move unnecessarily. You’re already working hard enough! This is good advice for any time you plan to sort and clean scrap, but it’s especially important when the temperature is high.