5 Tips for Keeping Tools and Equipment Safe in the Winter [VIDEO]

December 5, 2017 Sarah Lorek

Maybe you’re taking a break this winter, or maybe you’re slammed with projects. Either way, you should take additional measures to ensure your tools and equipment are safe this snowy season. 

To make this a bit easier, we’ve put together five quick tips in the video below. Take a look, and don’t forget to share this with your colleagues!

5 Tips for Keeping Tools and Equipment Safe in the Winter

  1. Cover metal bars and handles with thermal handles and insulation

Make sure metal handles can be gripped safely with or without gloves. Gripping uninsulated metal with bare hands can cause frostbite.

2. Use the right oil and coolant for the season

Use a low viscosity engine/hydraulic oil and a 70/30 ratio of coolant/water. For DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid), ensure you can heat/thaw frozen fluid

3. Check heavy equipment batteries and store them properly

The electrolyte should be at the right level. Battery terminals should be dust-free. When not in use, remove batteries and store indoors. Never charge frozen batteries.

4. Keep every fuel tank full

When condensation freezes, fuel lines burst. Use a treatment for diesel tanks that thaws frozen filters, removes moisture, and keeps fuel liquified.

5. Check tires for proper air pressure

Colder temperatures reduce air pressure. Check for wear marks to ensure pressure is maintained. Use track-mounted equipment over tire-mounted.

Interested in learning more about tool and equipment maintenance? For a closer look at how to keep your crew and tools safe, and download our free ebook, “The Health and Safety Risk of Poor Tool Management.

About the Author

Sarah Lorek

Sarah is the Lead Content Strategist for Trimble Buildings, CEC (Civil Engineering & Construction), and Geospatial. She has worked on many large scale marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, helping them define their story and shape a compelling narrative. Now, she focuses on creating and sourcing valuable thought leadership content for our readers.

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