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Keeping your garage and or manufacturing facility warm in the winter

Keeping your garage and or manufacturing facility warm in the winterKeeping your garage and or manufacturing facility warm in the winter. The New Year is announcing itself in New England by providing us with sub-zero temperatures. The temperatures can make any outdoor worker or person who works in a manufacturing facility miserable during the cold days. Happy and warm employees equal productive employees. Here are some ways for your manufacturing and garage employees to stay warm in the winter.

  1. Install a heat pump. We manufacture the enclosures for these and they can be an effective way to heat smaller spaces. There are three types of heat pumps: air-to-air, water source, and geothermal. They collect heat from the air, water, or ground outside your building and concentrate it for use inside.
  2. Insulate the walls. This will also keep it cool in the summer.
  3. Replace weather stripping on doors and windows. If you feel air seeping into the garage,  use a pry bar and flat scraper or putty knife to strip the old weather stripping. Using the knife will make the process much easier. The cleaner and smoother you can make the surface, the easier it will be to install the new weatherstripping, and the better it will seal.
  4. Keep extra gloves and hats around. Keep spares around for employees who have not brought them in.
  5. Keep a list of how to stay warm in the facility. This list may include tips to instruct employees on how to layer clothing etc to keep warm.

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Custom Steel First Aid Boxes in Bulk

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Safety in the workplace is a top priority for most employers these days. Having a plan for emergencies can alleviate the possibility of a crisis. Each first aid kit should include small and large sterile gauze pads, adhesive bandages, gauze roller bandages, triangular bandages, wound cleaner, scissors, a blanket, adhesive tape, latex gloves, resuscitation equipment, elastic wraps, a splint and clear directions for obtaining emergency assistance. Bull Metal offers custom steel first aid boxes in bulk. 

For a smaller company, 2 to 3 first aid kits should suffice but for larger companies, it is essential to provide several first aid kits so that employees have easy access to them in case of emergency. You can contact OSHA to obtain information on the adequate number of kits you will need for your specific number of employees.

There is also a requirement for the location of first aid supplies. The rules state that a first aid kit that is properly stocked with supplies should be “readily available” and easily accessible when emergencies occur. Like other requirements, this can depend on the type of work being done. If you have a larger company, Bull Metal can manufacture steel or aluminum first aid boxes in bulk. We can also screen print your company’s logo on the front of the first aid box. Like all Bull Metal products, each individual box will be individually manufactured with steel or aluminum, and then powder coated to ensure it’s longevity. We can also custom manufacture the box so it is in shape you would like. Most first aid boxes are a simple square,  but we can also make a first aid box that looks like a red cross.

Bull Metal Products | 191 Saybrook Rd., Middletown, CT 06457 |Ph: 860.346.9691 Fx: 860.346.2722 | E-mail: sales@bullmetal.com

How to winterize your home

how to winterize your home

New Englanders were spoiled in October with warm weather. However, with temperatures topping out only in the low 40s this coming weekend, it might be safe to say winter is on the way. We have compiled a list of ways on how to winterize your home and keep your heating bill lower this year.
1. Change your furnace filters. Dirty filters restrict flow and increase energy usage. Consider purchasing a permanent filter which is 88% better a capturing bacteria, mold, viruses, and pollen. They are more expensive but will save you money overall.
2. Run your fans in reverse. This will move hot air back down from the ceiling and cut your heating costs as much as 10%.
3. Place a “draft snake” or rolled towel under your door to keep drafts from seeping in under them.
4. Install storm door and windows. These act as seals and protect against drafts by reducing airflow. Simply installing these will increase your energy efficiency by 45%.
5. Keep an eye in the thermostat. Simply turning down the heat when you leave will save you about 1 to 3% off your heating bill. Purchase a programmable thermostat for about $50 and you can save up to $180 a year.
6. Make sure to caulk and seal your windows. You can use a stick of incense to test the would-be places that have drafts in your home. It is especially important to check around chimneys and foundations. Observe where the smoke waivers with the incense and that seal it with a caulking gun.
7. Insulate your pipes. This can help with your hot water bill and also assists in preventing your pipes from freezing.
8. Have an HVAC expert check your furnace. Make sure it is running at optimal efficiency to keep heating costs down.
9. Put on a sweater! A sweater adds 4 degrees of heat to your body. You can keep your thermostat down and still feel warm.
10. Use the oven during awake hours to heat your home. With all that holiday baking you need to do, this should be an easy one.
Check out Bull Metal’s fabrication of a heat pump enclosure which can be used to increase your hot water energy efficiency.
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