Brace Yourself | Autumn Storms and your Safety Fences

by scott douglas

As the UK moves into Autumn, Storms are likely to be Arriving Soon, So now may be a good time to start thinking about how your Temporary Fence Panels will perform at your Site.

Let's look at the Weather Pattern in the UK first, which may give us some idea when these Storms may be arriving.

We are all familiar with our Weather Patterns and Seasons in the UK, not Running to Schedule! But as a General Rule, we tend to see the first Autumn Storms hit our Island during October.

During October, the Jet Stream starts to Power Up due to our Days getting Shorter which means less energy entering the Atmosphere and Build-up of Cold Air.

Average Wind Speeds can Differ dependent on where you are in the UK.

Strong Winds tend to be around 40kmph upwards.

Are you located on the Coast? You are likely to be in a Windy Area and encounter more Stormy Weather than inland.

Likewise, the Different parts of the UK are likely to encounter Windy Weather at different times.

Winter Storms can be Brutal, but thankfully the last Severe Weather Storm we encountered was back on 28th October 2013 when the St Judes Day Storm hit the South of the UK with a Peak Strong Wind recorded at 99mph on the Isle of Wight.

With Sea Temperatures Increasing, many believe we will see Higher Blustery Winds as the Earth's Weather Patterns Change.

Let focus on the Average High Wind Speeds and what you can do to ensure your Temporary Fencing Panels Withstand Strong Winds.

Temporary Panel Fencing comes in all Shapes and Sizes and is used to create Safe Environments for the General Public and Site Personnel. 

Commonly found on Building Sites throughout the UK, Temporary Security Fencing is also used for Outdoor Events such as Festivals, Carnivals, Traditional Outdoor Events. 

 WADE BUILDING SUPPLIES | TEMPORARY SECURITY FENCE FOR EVENTS BUILDING SITES

The most Popular Temporary Fence Panels are the Anti Climb Square Top Panel and Anti Climb Round Top Panel

Temporary Steel Fencing is a Cost-Effective Solution for Security Needs and is Easy to Install. 

When Installing Temporary Fencing | Think High Winds

No Matter what time of Year, We would Recommend Installing Temporary Fencing to Withstand High Winds, but this is even more important during the Autumn and Winter Months.

Temporary Fence Panels lock together using a Temporary Fence Clamp.

If you have a Weak Spot and one of your Fence Panels is blown over in High Winds, your whole Fencing Structure is likely to fall. 

The concern is always the Damage or Obstruction resulting from your Site Fencing Falling.

Due to the nature of the Material, a Steel Fence Panel could easily cause Injury and Damage to Property.

Of course, On top of this, you now have an Insecure Site. 

The need to deploy your Workforce to Repair or Replace the Temporary Fence when safe.

You have invested in your Temporary Fence to Keep your Co-Workers and the Public Safe, so it is essential to ensure your Site Security has the best chance of remaining effective during Windy Weather.

WADE BUILDING SUPPLIES | STEEL HOARDING ON CONSTRUCTION SITE BLOWN OVER IN WIND

Temporary Metal Fencing | Wind Resistance Design

Thankfully Leading Steel Fencing Manufacturers, including Heras Fencing and ZND Fencing, have your Back.

In General, Security Fencing is designed to allow wind pass by using Wire Mesh as a Wind Resistant Method combined with Anti Climb Security Features. 

But what else do the Manufacturers do?

Manufacturers, including ZND Temporary Fencing, carry out rigorous Wind Load Testing.

All Fence Panel Types are Wind Resistance Tested.

The Fence Panels are tested for Windy Conditions with Stabilising Accessories in place.

The testing results allow you to plan your Temporary Fencing requirements with a little more Peace of Mind.

The Definition below is based on an Anti Climb Round Top Fence Panel | Big Foot Stabiliser | Fence Brace and a Big Foot Stabiliser

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Speak to your Temporary Fencing Expert for Help in Selecting your Wind Resistant Temporary Fencing and Stabilisers

Temporary Barrier Fencing Stabilisers

Temporary Fencing Suppliers offer a full range of Fence Stabilisers, which are essential to withstand wind.

Stabilisers for Temporary Site Fencing have additional Benefits, including Enhancing Security, as the Steel Fence Panels will be more difficult to knock over or Lift.

Never cut corners when Stabilising your Wire Mesh Fence Panels.

Stabilisers are Cost-Effective and Highly Effective.

Securing your Fences against Strong Wind with Loose Weights such as Bricks or Building Materials will not end well.

Types of Temporary Fencing Stabilisers

A Rubber Block Fence Foot is a cost-effective method to Stabilise your Temporary Fence.

Used with additional Accessories such as a Fence Panel Brace and Earth Anchor will provide a High Level of Security in a Windy Area.

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You can use Temporary Fencing Ballast Blocks in addition to a Rubber Block Fence Foot.

Ideal for withstanding High Winds.

A Block Tray is a perfect way to finish your Fence Panel with wind-resistant measures securing Blocks against Movement.

Alternative Stabiliser Systems include Slot Block Barriers which are Water or Sand Filled.

To check the best option for your Fences, Contact our Temporary Fencing Specialists, who will help with wind loading calculations.

Finally, Don't Forget Safety.

Ballast Blocks, Fence Blocks are all Trip Hazards but with adequate Visibility, such as Hi-Vis Strips and Lighting.

WADE BUILDING SUPPLIES | TEMPORARY FENCES WITH HIGH VISIBILITY SAFETY IN PLACE

British Weather does not have to cause Chaos this Winter.

With the Correct Planning and Preparation, your Security Fencing will deflect Strong Winds giving you Peace of Mind and ensure Your Construction Site Fencing or Event Fencing remains Upright and Safe.

 

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