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3 Important Tips for Winterizing your Business

Keep Your Parking Area Safe

1. Be Proactive

Be sure to stock up on deicers and snow shovels. Clearly mark slip and fall hazard areas with caution tape, signs, or cones to ensure customer safety. Even with preventative measures in place, it is still possible to develop problem areas. After the snow, you will need to get in the habit of checking all walkways and surfaces for potential hazards around your building.

2. Be Mindful When It Comes to Storing Excess Snow

Do not pile snow in areas that are frequented by customers, vendors, or employees. As the snow piles begin to melt, the refreezing of the water could result in a large sheet of ice. It is important to make sure the snow is not melting in high-traffic areas. Snow piling should be strategically placed for the best drainage. The water should be able to flow freely into the nearest storm drain. Always make sure your storm drains are free of debris and blockages for best results.

3. Consider Hiring a Snow Removal Contractor

Although it may be tempting to remove the snow on your own, leave it up to the experts! A professional snow removal company has the equipment and manpower to remove heavy snow quickly, safely, and efficiently. A properly plowed and de-iced lot will dramatically reduce the chances of slip-and-fall accidents on your property.  When snow removal is properly executed, an experienced contractor can help you lower your liability risk. In addition, the best practices of an experienced contractor can reduce the chances of property damage due to improper use of equipment or chemicals. Not only can the equipment be dangerous, but the de-icing and melting agents should be used by professionals who have experience with those products. Don’t take a chance with novice laborers!

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