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In the blink of an eye, winter is now just around the corner! And, with the sharp temperature drop we’ve already felt, it looks like we could be in for a cold one this year.

According to forecasters, there is the prediction that we will be in for a bad few months stating that the UK could be hit by up to seven storms by Christmas! Full of wind, rain and cold conditions, those working outside could be in for some brutal weather this year.

But have you got the right kit for the job? Or are you still rocking up to site in your shorts and t-shirts?

Well, we asked Scruffs Workwear for their top tips on ensuring you’re prepared for winter on site.

First up, they emphasised the importance of layering! According to Scruffs, this is one of the best solutions for the awkward transition between summer and winter. During the autumn months, the weather changes so drastically it’s hard to know what gear to put on in a morning. The morning frost could see workers grab their warmest gear. But, by the afternoon, they’re sweating like no tomorrow and seriously regretting their workwear choice. Hence, layering. Being able to remove layers throughout the day will be a godsend when you’re working hard on the graft. Think base layers, t-shirts, a hoodie and a coat!

However, alongside this, they also emphasised the need to have the right work gear. In fact, one of the most important pieces of workwear to have during the cold months is actually a hat!

Out of everything, your head is the body part that is going to be exposed to the elements the most. So why is it often overlooked? Most people will ensure that they’re wearing the right jacket to stay warm on site, but don’t consider the right headgear. And, with our head being the place we lose the most amount of body heat from, it’s crazy that we don’t provide our head with the same protection as the rest of our bodies.

To solve this, Scruffs recommend that their Vintage Beanie will do the job of keeping your head warm on site. Padded with 3M Thinsulate™ to lock in warmth, and with an additional layer of soft microfleece, this hat can keep you toasty – even on the coldest of days.

Alongside layering and a hat, Scruffs also recommends that you’ll need to make sure you have some high-quality gloves too. This is because gloves will help trap heat whilst also protecting your hands against the cold and the wind. We also lose a significant amount of heat from our hands too and when the temperature starts to get colder, our hands are one of the first things to feel it. And, if your hands get too cold, this can cause issues such as a loss of grip. And for those working on site, this could spell disaster!

Therefore, Scruffs recommends a pair of their winter gloves. Made from thick acrylic material and lined with polyester, the Scruffs Knitted Gloves can help keep your hands warm and mobile during the cold winter months.

Finally, a good scarf is another key piece of gear that you’ll need when working outside on site. Not only will it help to keep your neck warm whilst you’re working on site but can also help prevent you from catching any illnesses that come as a result of long periods being spent out in the cold. This is essential for self-employed workers too who for them, a day off ill means no pay.

Scruffs recommends their Fleece Neck Warmer for the job. The lightweight, flexible material ensures workers are not restricted in their movement allowing them to get the job done. Helping to protect against the elements too, this neck warmer has been branded “the ideal accessory to keep you warm when working in cooler outdoor conditions.”

So, make sure you’re toasty on site and get prepped and ready for the winter months. They’ll be here sooner than you think! Take a look at Scruffs range of workwear to help keep you warm in winter now at www.scruffs.com.

Statistics: www.express.co.uk

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