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12 Snow and Ice Removal Tips for Commercial Property Owners

8 Tips to Safely Maintain Your Business Workplace This Winter

February 6, 2018

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%.


12 Snow and Ice Removal Tips for Commercial Property Owners

12 Snow and Ice Removal Tips for Commercial Property Owners

January 24, 2017

 

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 tsnow and ice managementhat 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:

  1. Create a Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention plan, including use of weather proof floor Mats and Warning Signage
  2. Set up and/or review snow removal contracts and assure you have adequate protection.
  3. Have a plan in place to keep sidewalks and parking lots free of ice and snow accumulations.
  4. 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.
  5. Get all snow blowers, plows and shovels ready for use.
  6. Assess all exterior lighting to ensure it is illuminating all walkways properly
  7. Examine all downspouts and roofs for proper drainage.
  8. Eliminate water drainage across key walking areas from downspouts and roofs.
  9. Plan to control wet walking surfaces inside and out with appropriate mats and warning signs.
  10. Create a weather emergency plan – assemble flashlights, batteries, emergency weather radio and an emergency contact list.
  11. Create a plan for loss of power, including considerations for maintaining heat and preventing frozen pipes. Establish safe equipment shut down procedures
  12. 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.

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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.


Commercial Property Winter Safety Tips

Winter Safety Tips for Your Delaware Commercial Property

December 20, 2016

Winter Safety Tips for Your Delaware Commercial Property

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.

HVAC Settings

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. Doing so will eliminate the potential for frozen pipes or other heating accessories within your HVAC system.

Downspouts & Drainage

Report any issues with downspouts or drainage areas immediately. Keeping these mechanisms clear and operational will eliminate or alleviate roof leaks and excess snow or ice from piling up on the roof of the building. 

Guard Your Technology and Data

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. Always make sure your data-back up system is working properly. If you don’t have an existing IT provider – feel free to contact us and we will gladly share a few of our preferred vendors. 

Bathrooms Stocked

With winter storm season comes cold season – keep soap and ample towels available in employee bathrooms for cleaning hands so you can minimize the spread of germs throughout the office.

Along those same lines – make sure your office is stocked with tissues and hand sanitizer. Seasonal germs and diseases often spread through the office by coughing and sneezing. It is never fun being “under the weather” and preventative measures will decrease illness-related absences.

By taking these steps to ensure your commercial property is ready for the approaching winter, you are protecting visitors and employees from avoidable physical and health hazards. Your effort to ensure that your buildings and grounds are ready for whatever Mother Nature has to through at you is smart risk management.

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.


About Harvey, Hanna & Associates- Established in 1997, HHA is a full service Commercial Real Estate Redevelopment Company featuring 3,000,000 square feet of prime location commercial, retail, and industrial real estate in Delaware.


10 Tips to Safely Maintain Your Business’ Workplace

Harvey Hanna & Associates’ 10 Tips to Safely Maintain Your Business’ Workplace

September 24, 2015

10 Tips to Safely Maintain Your Business’ WorkplaceFall 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.

Maintaining and providing a safe work environment is important, so here’s a quick checklist to help you get back to business, as usual.

Top 10 Tips to Safely Maintain Your Business Workplace This Winter:

  1. Schedule Fire Drills & Build an Evacuation Plan– Knowing what to do is key to surviving a fire emergency. Conduct routine fire drills to give you and your co-workers the knowledge and confidence to escape safely. Routinely check fire extinguishers.
  2. Monitor Your Space Heaters– Portable space heaters can pose a major workplace safety hazard. Don’t take chances; educate employees about safe space heater practices, such as keeping space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways to avoid tripping hazards. DO NOT plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater. Always turn off and unplug every space heater at the end of the work day.
  3. Install Door Mats at All Entrances– Keep the dirt, snow and mud outside by installing quality door mats at your entry way. This will reduce the amount of water, mud and slush tracked into your business, lowering the possibility of slips. Protect your employees and customers. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the law!
  4. Salt & Treat Your Entryway– Use ice melting mix solutions (such as salt). This plays a major role in reducing slip-and-fall accidents because it reduces ice. 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.
  5. Avoid The Office Thermostat Wars– Consider setting a standard office temperature and designate one person to oversee the thermostat. Be sure to communicate this standard with your employees. To make your case, relay studies on temperature’s effect on worker efficiency!
  6. Check Your Emergency Supplies– In addition to protecting the physical systems in your building, inventory your emergency supplies. Can your building accommodate every tenant overnight or for multiple days in case of a blizzard? Make sure you have plenty of warm blankets, portable heat sources, a first aid kit and extra food in case you get snowed in.
  7. Guard your Technology and Data – Costly power outages due to ice and wind can be critical if you fail to back-up all 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.
  8. 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. Be sure that all computers and electrical equipment are connected to surge protectors, which absorb excess electrical energy and prevent it from reaching connected equipment once the power is restored.
  9. Properly 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.
  10. Properly 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. Also be sure to repair and clean out any drains or downspouts.

Commercial Real Estate DelawareHarvey, Hanna & Associates, a commercial real estate management company in Delaware, partners with our tenants to ensure that our properties are ready for hazardous conditions. If you need our help or have questions, please contact us today.

 

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