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.
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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,
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Our Property Management Team at HHA is preparing for a busy winter season. We are committed to quality through superior property management services. Consistent and reliable maintenance repairs, improvements and upgrades will ensure the safest workplace environment for your organization during the challenging winter months. Our field team would like to offer the following work place winter safety tips.
Salt and Sand
Having enough salt and sand on hand will always help keep walkways clear of ice and snow. It’s always a good idea to have a bucket stocked near entry ways all season long.
Floor Mats and Warning Signage
Make sure heavy traffic entrances have weather proof mats properly installed and labeled to remind employees and guests to watch their steps to avoid slips and falls. This practice also helps keep all outside elements and debris from coming into your office space – keeping it clean, professional and safe.
Unless you experience extremely cold conditions, try to keep your thermostat set to the same temperature. This helps prevent the heating and cooling system from unnecessary use and conserves energy. As a general rule of thumb, never have your thermostat programmed lower than 55 degrees.
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Fall has officially arrived and the hot days of summer are quickly becoming a distant memory. Many are wistfully reminiscing of days spent at the shore or hanging with friends on the patio.
Sure, the end of summer can be bittersweet. However, I welcome the briskness of cool autumn days and the vibrant colors of changing leaves as far as the eye can see. It’s a nice change from the hot steamy days of summer.
This time of year is perfect to develop a plan to safely maintain your workplace for the approaching weather challenges ahead. Not that I want to drop the ‘snow’ word, but the reality is that at some point in the next few months we will all have to deal with the mess that snow and ice can leave on sidewalks and parking lots. Not to mention, downed powerlines and inconvenient hazards that can make getting to and from work a challenge.
Now is the perfect time to prepare your business and employees for what lies ahead! I get that, as a business owner, your top priority is running your business. That is why we have created this safety checklist to help make sure you’re ready for the season ahead.
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