It’s that time of year again when you’ll have to start making plans and getting ready to have a response in place for snow and ice. As a business owner or manager, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the grounds around your commercial property are safe for people to walk and for cars to pass. Be careful not to make these three easily avoidable mistakes with your snow and ice removal.
The Planning Phase
The first mistake that you can easily avoid is forgetting to create a plan. The winter season is approaching quickly and with that will come some often-unpredictable weather. Get ahead of the weather by planning accordingly. Even if there’s nothing projected in the forecasts ahead, be ready for the rest of the season. The planning may involve keeping the numbers of a snow-removal company handy, keeping a supply of salt onsite, or even making the schedule more flexible to accommodate closings. You could even partner with a snow-removal company and allow them to advise you on the best ways to be prepared for snow and ice.
Proper salt management means never being caught without it. It’s important to find the right balance between what’s too little to use and what’s too much. It’s common knowledge that salt can create damage on asphalt and even concrete. Therefore, some business owners may shy away from using it. However, professionals have a formula that they use that calls for a specific amount of salt depending on the temperature, slowly increasing as the number drops. With the right management, you can prevent damage and ensure that your supply will last further into the season.
Although you may be pretty handy, snow and ice removal for businesses on a commercial property may be more than you can take on as an individual or even a team. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is a simple job. Instead, you should hire professional assistance. Not only will they have the proper techniques, but they’ll have access to equipment and the most efficient methods for clearing your property. This will also give you more peace of mind and take some of the liability off your shoulders.
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