Keeping a commercial property safe when the white stuff starts falling and the temperatures dip is a job many commercial property managers dread each winter. However, it is wise risk-management to assess property needs and repairs well before winter arrives.
Snow and ice removal is serious business and developing a snow preparedness plan that provides for a safe and non-disruptive environment for building tenants is not something those of us at Harvey Hanna & Associates take lightly.
We understand the importance of having our property and grounds ready to face the challenges that winter can bring. HHA creates a fully comprehensive winter management plan well ahead of time.
Risk management should be at the forefront of each Snow and Ice Preparedness plan. Simple mistakes can cost a commercial property manger a great deal of money and be harmful to tenants. We have developed this Snow and Ice Preparedness Checklist to help get your commercial property compliant and ready to face even the fiercest weather this winter.
12 Snow and Ice Preparedness Tips for Commercial Property Managers:
- Create a Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention plan, including use of weather proof floor Mats and Warning Signage
- Set up and/or review snow removal contracts and assure you have adequate protection.
- Have a plan in place to keep sidewalks and parking lots free of ice and snow accumulations.
- Be prepared: stockpile now for ice with salt, ice melt and shovels. It’s always a good idea to have a bucket stocked near entry ways all season long.
- Get all snow blowers, plows and shovels ready for use.
- Assess all exterior lighting to ensure it is illuminating all walkways properly
- Examine all downspouts and roofs for proper drainage.
- Eliminate water drainage across key walking areas from downspouts and roofs.
- Plan to control wet walking surfaces inside and out with appropriate mats and warning signs.
- Create a weather emergency plan – assemble flashlights, batteries, emergency weather radio and an emergency contact list.
- Create a plan for loss of power, including considerations for maintaining heat and preventing frozen pipes. Establish safe equipment shut down procedures
- Guard Your Technology and Data – Fully test and service generators to ensure they are ready for use. Winter weather always has the potential to cause power outages due to ice and wind. It is critical to back-up all company and client data daily, either onsite or through cloud based software.
Harvey Hanna of Delaware is pleased that you have taken the time to read our Winter Safety Tips and look forward to hearing what you think or tips that you can share with us. Please check in with us on Facebook, we would love to discuss this subject further.