When freezing temperatures occur and the white stuff starts falling, commercial property owners face many challenges. Keeping a commercial property safe is a job many commercial property managers dread this time of year.
Experienced property managers understand the need to implement risk-management in order to avoid costly law suits and to protect their tenants. It is wise to assess property needs and repairs well before winter arrives.
Snow and ice present some serious hazards that can be mitigated when properly handled. Not only will it protect your tenants and visitors, but it will protect your property. Preventing caustic substances from entering your building will protect flooring and lessen the chances of slips and falls.
Harvey Hanna and Associates, a Delaware Commercial Development Company, creates plans for all of its commercial properties in order to provide safety and comfort to its building’s tenants and visitor. Check out our winter safety tips below.
8 Winter Safety Tips:
1. Monitor Your Space Heaters– Portable space heaters are a safety hazard. Be sure to educate employees about safe space heater practices, such as keeping space heaters out of high traffic areas and to avoid sharing the outlet withy other electrical devices. Always turn off and unplug every space heater at the end of the work day.
2. Install Door Mats at All Entrances– This will help to keep the dirt, snow and mud outside. Quality door mats will reduce the possibility of slips. Protect your employees and customers. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the law!
3. Salt & Treat Entryway and Parking Lots– Ice melting mix solutions, such as salt, plays a major role in reducing slip-and-fall accidents. Even a light dusting of snow can lead to slippery conditions. Be sure to stock up early, as supplies can be hard to locate right before forecasted winter storms.
4. Protect Electronics and Data – Power outages can be critical if you fail to back-up company and client data daily, either onsite or through a hosted, off-site cloud service. Always check to make sure your back-up system is working properly before a storm hits.
5. Avoid Electrical Shutdowns – If an outage occurs during business hours, turn off all computers and other equipment as a precaution against the sudden increase in voltage when power is restored. Use surge protectors to absorb excess electrical energy and prevent it from reaching connected equipment once the power is restored.
6. Maintain HVAC Equipment– Proper maintenance of all HVAC units will lead to the best possible outcome for your building, not only in the winter, but throughout the year adding comfort, improved air quality, extended equipment life and cutting energy costs.
7. Winterize your Roof– The most common cause of winter damage to a roof is the continuous freeze/thaw cycle which can exacerbate any defects in the roof. While certain conditions are unavoidable, making sure you fix any current leaks, faulty flashing, loose shingles or metal sheets can make your roof better prepared to handle the freeze/thaw/freeze cycle.
8. Drains & Downspouts – Be sure to repair and clean out any drains or downspouts and ensure that they are not draining improperly into walkways, patios or parking lots.
About Harvey, Hanna & Associates- Established in 1997, HHA is a full service Commercial Real Estate Redevelopment Company featuring prime located commercial, retail, and industrial real estate in Delaware. After decades of sustained relationships with tenants of our commercial and industrial properties, Harvey Hanna & Associates has grown to be more than a landlord. Now a full-service Commercial Real Estate Development Company, offering 5.2 million square feet of prime-location real estate to the mid-Atlantic region, our occupancy rate exceeds 95% with an employee retention of 100%.