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    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: Facilities Maintenance, Facility Management, Winter Safety

    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

    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

    A Winter Storm Preparation Checklist for Your Facility: How to Prepare Your Business for Winter Storm Conditions

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 16, 2017 8:57:00 AM

    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

    Commercial Snow Removal 101: How and Why to Pretreat Your Parking Lots

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 14, 2017 7:14:00 AM

    Wisely managing your parking lot during the winter season is crucial to your facility's productivity, safety of those driving and walking on the parking lot surface, and keeping snow and ice management costs as low as possible. One thing you can do to manage your parking lot is to pretreat it with anti-icers before a big storm hits.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Facilities Maintenance

    Comparing Commercial Snow Removal Options: Buy, Rent, or Hire?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 14, 2017 7:28:00 AM

    Removing snow from your parking lot each winter is no small task. Back-to-back storms can dump snow in uninterrupted accumulations. Facility managers must have a reliable plan in place to ensure that parking lots and walkways remain clear so that, to the extent possible, business can carry on as usual.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Facilities Maintenance

    Caring for and Maintaining your Business’s Entrance Mats

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 5, 2017 7:02:00 AM

    An entrance mat (placed inside or outside an entryway) helps keep your building free of outdoor elements that can get tracked indoors by wet or dirty feet. However, a poorly maintained entrance mat is worse than using none at all.  Follow this advice for the care and maintenance of your entrance mats and you’ll get years of use out of them, not to mention reduce the occurrence of slip-and-fall injuries on your premises due to tracked-in water, mud, and dirt.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Facilities Maintenance

    Staying Safe When Removing Snow and Ice from Your Facility's Roof

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 4, 2017 7:24:01 AM

    Preventing safety hazards and minimizing the risk of damage to your facility during the winter months can be challenging, especially when you need to deal with removing snow and ice from its roof. These elements tend to adhere to shingles and other roofing materials and, if left alone, can lead to excessive snow build-up, ice dams, and potential roof cave-ins, putting your facility’s interior and exterior at risk.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Winter

    25 Ways to Maintain your Facility this Winter!

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 1, 2016 2:35:00 PM

    Even if the snow hasn't started falling where you are, it still pays to be prepared!

    Here are 25 things to keep in mind when planning your facility's winter maintenance checklist: 

    1. Keep walkways, doorways, stairways and high-traffic areas free of clutter and debris.

    2. Keep sidewalks, walkways and rooftops free of ice and snow. Snow melting mats are an efficient and convenient way to prevent snow and ice accumulation around a facility and help reduce slip-and-fall accidents. Look for products that are portable and designed to be left outside for the entire winter season.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management

    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, Insurance, Facility Management, Ice