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Posted on:May 29, 2020

May 29 is National Heat Awareness Day in the United States. Created by the National Weather Service, this holiday was created to encourage employers and workers to recognize the warning signs of heat illness and keep workers safe. Throughout the summer months every year, there are thousands of illnesses and many deaths of workers due to extreme heat or humid conditions. Today, we’re looking at what you can do to keep yourself safe when you’re outside on the jobsite during the summer months.

There are three main ways to protect yourself from head related illnesses: water, rest, and shade.

Water – Keep yourself hydrated. When you are working hard and sweating a lot, you can lose as much as 2.6 gallons (10 liters) of water per day. Compare that to your water intake on a hot day. Sweating that much without could lead to you becoming dehydrated, which could land you in the hospital.

Posted on:May 22, 2020

While it may seem like 2020 just started, we’re almost through May and summer is right around the corner. With summer comes higher temperatures outside, which means your home electrical and HVAC systems working harder to keep you cool inside. There are a few basic steps that you can take now, before the temperatures start rising, to ensure your home is in tip-top shape and will keep you cool and your electrical bills down all summer long.

-Make sure your AC is working properly – This may seem like a pretty obvious thing, but it often goes overlooked until it is too late. Turn on your air conditioning early in the season to make sure it is functioning properly and efficiently. If it isn’t, or if it’s just been a while since a check-up, give your local HVAC tech a call and have them (and their Klein Tools) come take a look to get your set for summer.

Posted on:May 15, 2020

Klein Snapshot – May 15

Every month in 2020, we’ll be brining you a Klein Timeline Snapshot: a look back in time at a specific year, looking at what the world was like in said year, and what was happening with Klein Tools.

This month’s year: 1968

Posted on:May 1, 2020

If you’ve been following us on social media over the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed our new Stay Fit series, where we offer up tips on how to stay in job-ready shape if your social distancing routine includes staying at home. While this series offers up specific exercises you can do to mimic the muscles you would regularly be working on the jobsite, there are many other things you can easily do to make sure you’re staying both mentally and physically healthy during this time. While some of these may seem like obvious tips, it can be helpful to have a reminder of the simple things we can do to stay on track.

Posted on:April 24, 2020

People across the world have celebrated Earth Day every April 22 since 1970. The 2020 celebration was extra special, as we recognized 50 years of highlighting humans’ relationship with the planet and the corresponding effects. Even though current circumstances prevented many public celebrations, this holiday always presents a unique opportunity for us to step back and look at how trade professionals contribute to sustainability efforts.

Trends toward more sustainable building practices have emerged over the last decade. Government agencies are working more closely with businesses to updates standards and make sure that new projects don’t negatively affect the environment. As part of those standards, new construction is being evaluated to make sure its impact on the atmosphere is as minimal as possible.

This is where professionals like electricians and electrical contractors come into play, by installing, checking and updating building systems to make sure they fit these ever-evolving standards. Plumbing professionals, HVAC technicians and other tradespeople who help build structures from the ground-up use the same sort of processes.

Posted on:April 17, 2020

This Saturday, April 18, is National Lineman Appreciation Day. Having been a career field for well over 100 years now, it’s only fitting that the over 115,000 lineworkers in the US have a day to celebrate the hard work they put in for the estimated 155,000,000 electrical customers across the country.

This celebration of the men and women who keep our power up and running has been around for several years now. On April 10, 2013, US Senate Resolution 95 set April 18 as National Lineman Appreciation Day. This was following 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which affected 24 states across the US, downing power lines and causing some $65 billion in damage along the way. It was after this tragedy that line crews across the country stepped up in droves to help get the country running again, rebuilding the country’s power systems from the ground-up. This dedication to keeping our country moving forward is what inspired the 113th Congress to pass the bill giving us a national holiday to celebrate these invaluable professionals.

Posted on:April 10, 2020

Klein Snapshot – April 10

Every month in 2020, we’ll be brining you a Klein Timeline Snapshot: a look back in time at a specific year, looking at what the world was like in said year, and what was happening with Klein Tools.

This month’s year: 2014

40” LED TV: $289.99
Clorox Bleach, 64oz bottle: $1.99
Milk, 1 gallon: $3.89

Posted on:April 2, 2020

To our valued customers:

We’d like to reassure you that you can continue to rely on Klein Tools during these difficult times. While millions of Americans are forced to take shelter, Klein Tools understands that you are necessary for the operations and maintenance of critical-infrastructure sectors, including electrical, residential and commercial construction, energy, telecommunications and many others. Klein Tools stands with our customers and other “Essential Businesses.” We intend to keep you well supplied so that you can keep our nation running.

Posted on:April 1, 2020

Since 1857, Klein Tools has been providing the highest quality hand tools to help trade professionals succeed on their jobsites. With over 160 years of experience, we’ve perfected the products you need to get your job done right. However, our founder, Mathias Klein, had a vision that went beyond the jobsite. He wanted his brand to reach across all parts of life, and allow a tradesperson to really incorporate Klein Tools into each facet of their everyday routines. Which is why today, Klein Tools is excited to announce the launch of our newest line, The Blacksmith Collection.

Blacksmith Collection from Klein Tools

Posted on:March 27, 2020

During these trying times, we recognize how hard your jobs can be. Being trade professionals, many of you remain needed and at work, even as the majority of the population works remotely or not at all. We’ve started to hear your stories about the work you’re continuing to do, and how it’s contributing to keeping the economy moving forward.

-I am a plant electrician for Miami-Dade county Water and Sewer in Florida. All of the great workers for the county are here to support the people in the surrounding areas in these challenging times. – Michael, Florida

- As a third year electrical apprentice, I work for one of the biggest companies in the Tampa Bay area, APG Electric. We provide a large array of services and products, but the most important to me is to provide and maintain life safety services to a large number of health care facilities and hospitals across Florida. – Alan, Florida

-The small contractor that I am currently working for, we are inspecting, cleaning and maintaining traffic signals and cabinets around various communities close to where the shop is located. We also do residential, commercial and industrial service calls but, due to the recent outbreaks, that side has been really slow. – Matt, Illinois

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