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    Ryan Williams

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    How to Ready Employees and Customers for Winter-Related Downtime

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 17, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    Physically preparing your facility for winter is a key part of minimizing winter-related downtime and keeping building occupants safe. Communicating with your staff and customers to prepare them for winter’s inevitable disruptions is another key part. Here are four tips for keeping lines of communication open during the winter season: 

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    Topics: Facilities Maintenance, Safety

    How to Get Rid of Black Ice Before It Causes Injury

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 12, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    Prevention is always preferred when it comes to dealing with winter ice. Nevertheless, there may be times when, despite your facility management team’s best efforts, you will be faced with the hazard of black ice. Below are some options for removing it, but first, a refresher:

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    Topics: Facilities Maintenance, Safety, Slip and Fall

    How Often Should You Rinse/Wash/Replace Your Entrance Mats?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 10, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    Especially during the winter season, but also throughout the year, facility managers must take care to properly maintain entrance mats and inspect and replace them as needed.

    Below, we look briefly at how and when to clean both rubber and carpeted entrance mats, and give some advice on when to replace mats that may otherwise increase the risk of trip-and-fall accidents.

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    Topics: Facilities Maintenance, Safety

    Winter Readiness: Three Things Everyone in the Building Needs to Know

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 6, 2018 11:44:00 AM

    Among the many duties of facility managers, keeping your building occupants safe by preparing for winter storms ranks high on the list. There is much involved in being ready for extreme winter weather, some of it only the concern of a manager.  However, there are also things that every employee needs to know about your winter preparedness plan—this, long before the first snowflakes even fall.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Facilities Maintenance, Winter Safety

    Snow Removal or Snow Melting: Which Option Is Right for Your Facility?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 28, 2018 11:42:00 AM

    Winter weather presents many challenges as you work to minimize interrupted service and risks to facility users. The best snow control plan (removal or melting) for your facility will depend on facility use, its unique attributes, and various situational factors.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting, Snow and Ice Management

    Protecting Your Facility's Flooring from Winter Salt Damage with Entrance Mats

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 25, 2018 11:40:00 AM

    Winter brings a variety of challenges to facility managers, among them the need to "keep winter outside," instead of letting it indoors where snow-melt debris can damage your facility's flooring.

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    Topics: Snow Removal

    Six Must-Haves Your Employees Need in Their Cars This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 22, 2018 11:38:00 AM

    Keeping your employees safe ought to be one of your top priorities during extreme weather. Some key dangers to employee health include frostbite, falls, and vehicular accidents. Being appropriately outfitted is part of minimizing these risks.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Winter Safety, Safety

    Keeping Your Employees Safe at Work in Winter Storm Season

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 20, 2018 12:00:00 AM

    As an employer, preparing for winter storms means taking steps well in advance to prevent employees from getting sick or injured while on the job, to prevent property damage, and to avoid or cut costly downtime.

    But the safety of employees, as well as of customers and any other building occupants, must be the first priority. And while the humanitarian concern should be reason enough to reach this conclusion, consider also that the temporary or permanent loss of your workforce and/or potential liability for injuries that occur on the job site will impact your business's bottom line. 

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    Topics: Facilities Maintenance, Safety

    Becoming Proactive About Snow and Ice Removal

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Mar 7, 2018 8:28:25 PM

    Severe winter storms not only disrupt business, they also can put your employees and visitors to your building at risk for injury. The best way to limit potential harm caused by blizzard conditions is to make sure you have a plan in place to minimize risk. Here are the essential actions you should take before a storm approaches.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Winter

    Chicago Luxury Hotel Keeps Terrace Lounge and Bar Clear of Snow and Ice with HeatTrak Snow-Melting Mats

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 15, 2018 8:33:00 AM

    Doraville, GA, January, 2018—LondonHouse Chicago, one of the Windy City’s newest luxury hotels, needed to keep a terrace-level lounge and bar area clear of snow and ice, but with Chicago winters cold and snowy and temperatures dipping below freezing, the challenge was proving formidable.

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    Topics: Press Release