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Based on what we have seen from past winters in the UK, it’s more than likely that we will be experiencing snow at some point during the coming months. Preparation is the key at this time of the year, and having the right equipment for the job, makes all the difference.
The key to mastering the winter months as a business is preparation. If you prepare well, you’ll find winter a breeze, but if you fail to prepare, you’ll limp through the winter months.But what do you need to do to make sure you’re prepared for winter? We’ve got a complete checklist ready, so you don’t have to.
The sun is breaking through and winter is a distant memory. For now at least. This means your grit bin has likely become redundant, stored away in the dark recesses of your warehouse, storage cupboard or office during the warmer months.
What if we told you that you could reuse your grit bin around the office?
Here are some of our favourite ways to reuse your grit bin during the warmer periods.
When bad weather arrives, making sure paths and roads are clear and safe is important. This is where the confusion of who the responsibility falls on to clear streets and roads arises. As a business owner, you want to make sure your land is safe to avoid slips or trips for employees and visitors. Do you know what is the council's responsibility to clear? Do you know what is your responsibility to clear?
The UK weather can be temperamental. One day it’s clear, the next it’s raining, and the day after it's icy. You need to make sure you are ready for anything.
Arguably the most difficult weather condition to manage is snow and freezing temperatures. To make things that bit more complicated, the products used to prevent ice aren’t the easiest to get your head around.
The weather in the UK has well and truly taken a turn over the past month, with the milder weather replaced by freezing cold winds. As such, we expect to see more ice and snow hitting our areas soon so being prepared for the coldest of conditions is crucial.
Keeping up to date with the weather is arguably as important as keeping up to date with the news. Most of us will have a weather app or website saved on phones or computers. Whether these sites are accurate or useful is up for debate but, most of the time they will get the weather right, kind of.
Spreading salt isn’t the most glamorous of tasks, but it is important. In most cases, it is a legal requirement for business owners to properly grit their land. It can also help you avoid any expensive injury claims if you ensure your business is properly maintained over the cold winter months.
Let's look at the key facts about salt spreaders, the different types and why they are so important to a business.
Most people think salt is simply to add flavour to meals and to be used as a food preservative. However, only 6% of all salt manufactured goes into food. We use salt in over 14,000 different ways from making products such as paper, plastic, glass, polyester and rubber to household soap, bleach, dyes and detergents. Another common use of salt is to treat icy roads and paths in winter, this is because salt has a lower freezing point than water. Everyone uses salt, whether its directly or indirectly.
With winter around the corner, it is crucial to be prepared for the worst conditions we can face in the UK.
Snow and ice often grind the country to a halt. Making sure you have the correct materials to deal with it can be crucial.
We have looked at one item that we find is popular during this time of the year, probrine. It is an alternative to standard salt and has slowly become the norm for dealing with snow and ice.
In previous years there has been some issues in ensuring that rock salt levels in council grit bins are kept as fully stocked as possible.
Each council will have in place a system for replenishing and to ensure that each of their grit bins are kept as fully stocked as possible on a regular basis, with a rota being based mainly on weather forecasts and priority given to grit bins positioned on hills and in busy areas.
Dealing with severe winter weather conditions in the UK is a challenge for the country as a whole but how do other countries deal with winters that stretch over two hundred days throughout the year and snow drifts can be as deep as 10 or 15 feet?
Even though the Winter season has drawn to a close, preparation is everything when it comes to purchasing winter safety equipment. The sooner you buy them, the quicker you are fully prepared in the event of a harsh winter or freak weather occurrence.
As the winter period has ended you may think that there is no use for a grit bin, until next year of course. However, there are still many ways that a grit bin can be used. Here are the ways that our winter safety equipment can be used during the warmer months of the year.