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    A Guide to Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats & Facility Maintenance


    Not all Mats are Created Equal: The Science of Entrance Matting

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Every facility manager knows the benefit of an entrance mat, but most don’t understand that all mats are not created equal. Using the wrong kind of mat at a location can still lead to slip and fall accidents, negating the purpose of having an entrance mat to begin with.  With managers of industrial/commercial facilities under greater amounts of pressure to reduce slip and fall accidents, not to mention minimize floor maintenance costs, knowing which mat to use for which location is critical.

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    Topics: Safety, Slip and Fall

    Charles Glossop on Pre-treatment and Brine for Snow and Ice Management

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    In this interview with Charles Glossop, owner and general manager of Hantho Farms, a snow removal and landscaping company in Rockford, Minnesota, we'll learn all about pre-treatment and the use of brine as an integral part of a snow and ice management plan. Thank you, Charles, for sharing your thoughts with us!

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

    How Much Will a Slip and Fall Injury Cost You?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Facility managers are often charged with making critical decisions regarding liability protection that will affect their facilities’ bottom line. While preventative measures to guard against lawsuits can seem to take a huge bite out of profits, it is nevertheless essential for those in charge of safety and maintenance to understand how even one slip and fall injury due to snowy or icy conditions can result in a significant business loss. It is incumbent upon those tasked with facility maintenance decisions to monitor these risks and take appropriate action to prevent these injuries.

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    Topics: Winter Safety, Insurance, Slip and Fall

    Matt Peterson on Risk Management, Insurance, and the Snow and Ice Removal Industry

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 20, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    In this interview with Matt Peterson, President of Mills Insurance Group and Snow Removal Insurance Brokerage, we’ll discuss risk management and insurance for the snow and ice management industry.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Facility Management, Insurance, Ice

    Prevent the Effects of Snow and Ice on your Facility’s Turf and Trees

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 19, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Your facility's turf, trees, and greenery serve to make it attractive and to prevent excessive mud and erosion, but "winterkill" is notorious for turning beautiful landscaping into a veritable "death zone." Learning how to care for your turf and trees during winter can help protect them from such unsightly damage.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Landscaping, Facilities Maintenance, Winter Gardening, Winterkill

    How to Cut Your Facility's Energy Costs in Winter Without Skimping on the Essentials

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 14, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Facility managers are well aware of the need to keep energy costs low during winter, which is the most expensive season of the year in terms of energy costs, but they cannot afford to "skimp on the essentials" in order to accomplish energy efficiency.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance

    3 Ways to Attain Maximum Energy Efficiency This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Maximizing your facility's energy efficiency this winter should involve a multiple-front approach, covering such things as upgrading your insulation, locating and eliminating air leaks, and installing more energy-efficient doors and windows. Besides these aspects, however, there are three other ways to reduce the amount of energy your facility requires to run properly:

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    Topics: Facility Management, Winter, Roofs, Energy Efficiency

    Here's How to Get a Grip on Slips and Falls

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    It’s no secret that slips and falls can be costly to businesses and institutions. They lead to employees taking sick days and result in worker compensation claims, higher insurance premiums, and lawsuits, all of which can seriously harm your bottom line.

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    Topics: Safety, Slip and Fall

    How to Properly Store Your Commercial Snow Removal Equipment

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 5, 2016 4:00:00 PM
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    Topics: Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats

    8 Experts Share Their Strategies for Winter Budgeting

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 19, 2016 2:40:22 PM

    We spoke to a number of facility managers to learn how they plan for winter, knowing that weather can be unpredictable – that is, what happened last year or the year before will not tell you what to expect in the coming winter.

    We asked them to answer these questions:

    1) What allocations do you consider when planning your winter cost analysis and budget?

    2) How did your budget last year stack up? What are the top three things you are going to do differently/better this winter?

    Here’s what they told us:

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    Topics: Winter