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Want To Save Time Shoveling?

Want To Save Time Shoveling?

Here's how to clear walkways and stairs in seconds after heavy snowfall!

Shoveling snow is not only a physically demanding activity, but it requires you to venture out into the cold for longer than you are likely to enjoy. Aside from the safety aspect of shoveling your walkways finding the extra time in the day to shovel can be quite a challenge. Moreover,the ice and snow is likely to add to your commute time as you will have to get up even earlier each day to shovel your walkways and stairs. Below are a few quick tips you can turn to, which will reduce the amount of time you spend this winter shoveling ice and snow.

Melt It Away

For a proactive approach for melting away snow, sprinkle an anti-icing chemical on your stairs and walkways before the snow begins to fall. This will discourage the snow and ice from bonding to the ground, making it easier to shovel. Even if your anti-icing product does not eliminate all of the snow and ice, it will drastically reduce the amount of time you spend shoveling.

Hire Your Next Door Neighbor

While it may not fit into your budget to hire a professional snow removal service, there may be a neighborhood kid who is looking to earn some extra cash. Just ask around to see who is game. And don’t forget to offer them a break from the cold when they are outside for too long.

Upgrade Your Equipment

As simple as this may sound, if your shovel and snow removal tools are outdated or broken it may be time for an upgrade. This includes a shovel that is more comfortable to hold, a dispenser for sand or salt, or even an electric snow blower. Your back will be very grateful for these hi-tech tools.

Invest In HeatTrack Outdoor Heated Mats

If the snow removal methods above are still too time consuming, too challenging or if you or someone in your home has mobility concerns, the best option may be to invest in outdoor heated mats. There are many benefits to outdoor heated mats:

  • They protect the walkway underneath from the damaging effects of snow and ice.
  • They protect the walkway underneath from the damaging effects of chemical products, and snow removal tools.
  • They are an entirely hands-free method of snow removal.
  • They save you time in shoveling, and money in buying new snow removal products each winter season.
  • They provide a safe and even walking area, not only for those utilizing canes, wheel chairs, and walkers but for everyone, since we are all more susceptible to falls when there is snow and ice on the ground.

With the severe winter of the past few years, investing time and resources into rethinking your snow removal methods is a must. Depending on your walkways and stairways, you may opt for just one of the tips above—or any combination of the options.

Preparing your Commercial Property for Snow and Ice: Installing Snow Melting Equipment to Increase Safety

Preparing your Commercial Property for Snow and Ice: Installing Snow Melting Equipment to Increase Safety

Preparing your Commercial Property for Snow and Ice: Installing Snow Melting Equipment to Increase SafetyPreparedness is key when getting ready for winter conditions. Whether you’re the Director of Maintenance or a Commercial Property Manager, it’s never too early to prepare – especially in the event of a freak storm that surprises everyone.

The removal of snow and ice around a commercial property is critical to operations. But just as important is an organized plan to provide safety and security for tenants, employees, and visitors. Failure to do so can have some dire consequences.

Keeping your building (or facility) “open for business” during winter weather is a primary goal for any operations team. Another priority is keeping sidewalks and walkways safe. This is where snow melting equipment plays an important role.

Executing a Preparedness Plan Well in Advance

The snow and ice are coming! That’s why fall is ideal for assessing needs, acquiring resources, and creating a preparedness plan. An early start will also pinpoint deficiencies to be remedied.

Every Property Manager understands the importance of being ready for winter, particularly the aspect of being safety compliant. Poor implementation will present potential risks (and costs).

In any commercial property, risk management implores a sound preparedness plan. Bad timing or poor planning simply costs money. Worse still, an unsafe environment poses serious hazards.

A Top Ten List for a Winter Preparedness Plan

Whether you’re managing a property internally, or contracting out services, a comprehensive Winter Preparedness Plan is essential to operations. The upfront investment is well worthwhile.

  • Create a slip and fall prevention protocol

    A slip, trip, and fall prevention protocol should represent all aspects of your unique operation. As well, the protocol should be tailored to comply with industry standards and legal requirements.

  • Ensure snow removal efforts are suitable

    Without question, snow removal must be dependable and unfailing. The service provider must understand the needs of the property, be well equipped, and provide highly experienced teams.

  • Plan for sidewalks/entries to be ice-free

    City-specific bylaws clearly dictate your legal responsibilities and your liability obligations. That means NO shortcuts when clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, walkways, and/or entryways.

  • Stockpile salt and/or ice-melt products

    Today, ice melt products are more advanced than ever – they are effective, immediate, and safe. Safe for people, pets, and plants, the higher quality products also ensure less application waste.

  • Snow blowers, tools, equipment ready

    Winter maintenance equipment should be checked, serviced, and repaired well in advance of the first winter weather event. Being prepared saves on operational costs as well as ownership costs.

  • Exterior lights for maximum illumination

    With fewer daylight hours throughout the winter, maximum outdoor illumination is critical in a commercial setting. Preventive maintenance is key to keeping customers and employees safe.

  • Roof drainage/downspouts in good order

    A viable preventive maintenance plan for roofing and drainage is about being proactive. You’ll identify potential issues early, and you’ll address snow accumulation and ice damming head on.

  • Prevent water drainage over walkways

    Beyond city bylaws and insurance liabilities, maintaining proper surface drainage also prevents structural damage to your property. Failure to properly maintain is a recipe for costly problems.

  • Design a comprehensive Emergency Plan

    By law, commercial property owners must comply with regulations for a Public Emergency Plan. Here, a proactive budget will outweigh hazardous impact, property damage, and even cost of life.

  • Create a fool proof Loss of Power Plan

    Loss of power simply means loss of business – whether you’re operating a retail property or a commercial building. The ideal Loss of Power Plan is an on-site emergency power backup system.

Maintaining Control Over Winter Snow and Ice

Property managers with a proactive approach to winter are most successful. To succeed, you must have good systems in place, a qualified team, and the latest snow melting equipment.

Good planning means your facility will be “open for business” even during inclement weather. In the most severe of conditions, you’ll be ahead of the game, and back on track sooner than others.

Protecting your tenants, visitors, and employees

With the unpredictability of snow and ice, conventional shoveling, salting, and de-icing may be enough. However, there may be times when other snow melting equipment will be required.

For tenants, visitors, and employees, snow-melting mats are effective in preventing both snow accumulation and ice build-up. They are durable enough to withstand heavy pedestrian traffic.

While traditional salting (and de-icing chemicals) take a serious toll on outdoor walkways (and indoor flooring), snow-melting mats reduce salt damage and lessen on-going maintenance costs.


How to Keep Your Business Open and Safe in Severe Winter Weather

How to Keep Your Business Open and Safe in Severe Winter Weather

When needing to keep the doors open during severe weather, the safety of employees and the public should be primary considerations. With winter weather comes hazards like wet floors and ice buildup that can contribute to slip-and-fall accidents. Maintaining the proper functioning of a business or facility during severe weather requires planning and preparation. Let's look at some specific, actionable tips for keeping your business open and safe during severe winter weather.