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Posted on:June 25, 2020

One of scariest parts of being a trade professional in the electrical field is the possibility of getting hurt, specifically the risk of electrocution. It is estimated that there are up to 30,000 nonfatal shock injuries each year, many of which do not get reported. When looking at reported injuries, there are around 300 deaths and 4,000 electrical related injuries among the U.S. workforce each year, ranking electrocution sixth among causes of work place death in the United States.

A commitment to protecting electricians has always been a priority of Klein Tools. Over the years, we at Klein have heard numerous stories about how insulated tools have saved the lives of users. Take a look at one such story below, from Klein Tools user John OConnor:

“A pair of Klein linesman pliers saved my father’s life.

56 years ago (when I was 14), I helped my father do electrical work during my summer vacation from school.

Posted on:June 19, 2020

For those who may have forgotten, Father’s Day is right around the corner (quite literally, it is two days away)! If the holiday may have slipped your mind, have no fear! Klein Tools has got you covered with a list of quick and easy gifts that your Dad is sure to love, and you can find in time to celebrate this Sunday.

Posted on:June 12, 2020

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: 1980

Posted on:June 5, 2020

As states have slowly begun to reopen over the last several weeks, and restrictions have started lifting, many people are trying to get back to their regular routines. While some companies have given employees the option to work from home indefinitely, most of us are starting to head back into the job and get back into the normal swing of things. With this, however, comes fear from many people that a second wave of COVID-19 could come later in the year.

As the world awaits relief from this new public health concern, a large number of traditional office workers have started to make arrangements in case they need to work from home for another extended period of time. More than a quarter of people recently surveyed have said that they plan to make changes or repairs to their home to prepare for the possibility of sheltering in place again. For many, this includes outfitting home offices, upgrading internet speed and capacity, and making overdue home repairs.

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.

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