As the days get short and the temperatures get brisk, many people begin to look forward to winter. But, if your job requires you to spend the majority of your time outside, you may not be as excited as the rest of us.

Working outdoors in the winter can be a slippery slope (no pun intended). You have to be cautious and attentive if you want to avoid injuring your feet on the job site. Although it may not seem like the top priority, foot safety is an essential practice for anyone who works outdoors.

This is why our team at Heat Holders® has put together a top-notch list of tricks for protecting your feet on the job site.

If you’ve not heard of us, Heat Holders® is a thermal clothing company that offers a wide range of high-quality garments and accessories. We only use the best materials and practices when producing our garments, which gives them the ability to insulate more heat – this is why our socks are so warm and comfortable!

If you want to learn how you can protect your feet while working outdoors in the cold, be sure to read our list of awesome foot care tips and tricks.

1 – Don’t Forget to Wear Your Thermal Gear

Before anything else, you need to assess the quality of your current socks. These garments act like a base-layer for your feet. This means that if you want to stay warm, you need a pair of socks that insulates heat. Unfortunately, traditional socks can't trap very much warm air.

Instead of freezing your feet off, you should purchase several pairs of thermal socks – these garments can insulate a large amount of heat. Additionally, the garments can wick moisture away from your body. This keeps your feet dryer and warmer; what could be better than that?

At Heat Holders®, we take pride in the fact that we offer the best thermal socks for extreme cold for men and women. But if you’re looking for a pair of mens thermal socks for work, we suggest that you take a look at our line of Worxx garments.

These are pieces of thermal gear for people who work outside that offer a wide variety of useful safety features – this makes them essential for people who work on dangerous outdoor job sites. Some of these safety features include bright colors and reflective technology.

Worxx socks also have added durability in high-friction areas that typically wear down quickly. This means that you’ll be able to wear the garments multiple times without worrying about tearing or damaging them.

These garments have TOG (thermal overall grade) ratings ranging from 1.6 to 2.34 and form-fitting designs, giving them the ability to insulate more heat than traditional socks. This can help protect you from cold-related injuries like frostbite or hypothermia.

The Worxx line of garments come in both men’s and women’s sizes – feel free to browse through our selection of men’s and womens thermal socks to find the perfect pair for work.  

2 – Protective Footwear is Invaluable

If you’re working outdoors in the winter, you will likely have to work with some heavy machinery. Even if you’ve been trained to use the machinery, you need to be prepared for accidents and mishaps.

To keep your feet safe, you need to invest in a reliable pair of steel-toe boots. These boots are reinforced in areas that are vulnerable to injuries (like the toes and top of the foot). You should wear steel-toe boots if you are working around pieces of equipment like:

  • Snowplows/Snowblowers
  • Forklifts
  • Bulldozers
  • Salting Equipment

When wearing steel-toed boots, you need to make sure that you aren’t wearing thick, uncomfortable socks. This can result in you getting painful blisters on your feet

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If you’re looking for a pair of winter socks with a thinner profile, we suggest the Men’s LITE Worxx socks. These socks offer all of the comfort and warmth of our original Worxx socks, but with a medium-thick profile. This gives them a casual appearance and makes them perfect for snug, steel-toe boots.

3 – Keep a First Aid Kit on Hand

You never know when you’ll need to use a first aid kit – someone could break their toe or roll their ankle at any moment. Even if your employer has a first aid kit on the job site, it’s never a bad idea to have your own kit nearby.

By having a first aid kit on hand, you’ll be able to respond to injuries instantly. This can be extremely beneficial, especially when a few minutes can make or break a situation.

Additionally, by keeping an emergency first aid kit close by, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have all of the necessary tools to deal with an unexpected injury.

If you are low on cash, you can build your own first aid kit for close to nothing! You may even have some of the necessary items at home.

4 – Take Regular Breaks

Although it may seem counterproductive, you should take several breaks while working outdoors in the winter. Many people don’t know that the human body exerts more energy in cold conditions. Because of this, you feel fatigued quicker than in spring, summer or fall.

Working with low energy levels can cause you to make avoidable mistakes and poor decisions. Instead of risking it, you should be practical and take regular breaks. Try to get out of the cold for at least 5 to 10 minutes every hour. During this time, it’s not a bad idea to consume warm food or beverages. This will increase your overall body temperature and keep you warmer for longer.

Additionally, try to sit down and give your feet a break. This will lower the risk of you over-working your feet.

No one said that working outdoors in the winter would be easy. However, it does become more manageable and less stressful when you know that you’re prepared for the worst. If you want to make sure that your feet are safe all season long, you need to make use of our suggestions.