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%.
Last week we listed ‘Five Top Reasons to do Business in Delaware’ which makes a great case for ‘start ups’ to open their business in the state of Delaware. Well here’s even more incentive, Delaware has the fastest Internet Speeds (16.2 mbps) in the nation which gives Delaware business an edge, making them more competitive than those businesses based in neighboring states!
“In terms of absolute speeds, Delaware had the fastest Internet speeds at 16.2 mbps, followed by just over 14 in Virginia; Washington. D.C. was next with speeds just below 14 mbps. The Internet was slowest in Arkansas, where average speeds were 7.5 mbps.” — Chokshi , Niraj. “These maps show the Internet is getting faster in (almost) every state.” The Washington Post., 30 Sep. 2014.
Not only does a faster internet speed make e-commerce sites more competitive, it makes businesses of all industries more productive, giving them faster access to shared project files allowing for more efficient collaboration.
The Akamai SOTI Report noted that “the global average connection speed increased 21% from the first to second quarter of the year. At 4.6 Mbps, the global average connection speed exceeded the 4 Mbps “broadband” threshold for the first time.”—Akamai SOTI
If you think your business should be recognized as a rising star, why not apply for the 2014 Superstars in Business Award. This award has been given annually since 1998 in honor of and named after, Marvin S. Gilman, a small business leader in Delaware. He was president of the much respected Gilman Development Company and was inducted into the ‘National Housing Hall of Fame’.
‘The Superstars in Business award honors businesses and non-profit organizations for their outstanding achievements and model approaches to business and management.’ – DSCC
To be eligible your business must be a member of Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, have 150 employees or fewer, and been in business for at least three consecutive years. Applications are due by 12 pm on August 21, 2014.
Winners will be honored at a luncheon on November 12, 2014 in the Gold Ballroom of the Hotel DuPont.
Click Here for more Details on How to Apply and to see past recipients.
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Harvey Hanna President Joins University of Delaware’s Alumni Wall of Fame!
We are excited to share that HHA President, E. Thomas Harvey, III, will join an exclusive list of Wall of Fame inductees ranging from Revolutionary War heroes, signers of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, as well as physicians, engineers and authors.
Mr. Harvey has been selected to join the 246 alumni that have been inducted into the Alumni Wall of Fame in recognition of their professional and public service excellence since its’ inception in 1984. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 7 at Gore Recital Hall in the Roselle Center for the Arts on the University of Delaware campus.
Previous notable inductees include:
U.S. Vice-President, Joseph Biden
U.S. Senator (DE) Thomas Carper,
Robert Gore (scientist, inventor and businessman of W.L.Gore & Associates)
Tubby Raymond (legendary UofD football coach)
Thomas McKean (American lawyer and politician)
E. Thomas Harvey, III serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Harvey of Hanna & Associates, Inc. (HHA), a commercial real estate development company headquartered in Newport, Delaware. See Here for a more detailed list of Mr. Harvey’s accomplishments and here for a full bio.