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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

    Tree and Landscaping Hazards Caused by Snow and Ice

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Trees, shrubs, plants, turf, and other landscaping elements at commercial/industrial facilities routinely "take a beating" every winter as prolonged snow and ice cover, dry, dehydrating winds, and relentless freeze-thaw cycles lead to "winter kill."

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    Topics: Winter Safety, Facilities Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Landscaping

    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: Slip and Fall, Insurance, Winter Safety

    The Importance of Building Resilience To Your Facility This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Feb 4, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    During the winter, day-to-day wear and tear and expected seasonal challenges like heavy snowfall on the facility roof or the effects of salt and the freeze/thaw cycle on pavements, certainly do most of the damage to facilities. However, winter is also a time when unexpected disasters, both natural and manmade are more common than at other times of the year. Thus, it behooves facility managers to include in their winter preparations an attempt to bolster property resilience against the impacts of such disasters.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Winter Safety

    Power Problems: Electricity Concerns That Facilities Face in Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 13, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Facility managers may experience electrical problems at anytime throughout the year, but winter brings with it an increase in both the number and severity of power problems. During cold weather, electricity becomes more critical than ever since building occupants must be kept warm and, in northern climates, pipes must be kept from freezing.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Winter Safety

    The Other Winter Concerns: What to Prepare for Besides Snow and Ice

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 11, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Dealing with snow and ice removal may be the number one challenge that facility managers face every season, but there are other dangers and concerns that winter brings. Low temperatures, cold rains, and high winds are the main sources of trouble outside of snowfall and ice formation. Below, we look at four major concerns that such factors produce, two of them health-related and two building-related, and how facility managers can best address them:

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Health, Winter Safety

    What Every Property Management Company Needs to Know for Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 5, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Property management companies must always be looking for ways to keep their premises safe for residents, both to prevent accidents and the lawsuits that so often follow them. They also must find the most cost-effective ways to manage property maintenance and repairs. Preventative maintenance and winterization of their properties will incur some upfront expenses, but they will save money in the long run, as well as keep residents more satisfied.

    Here are 10 pieces of advice that every property manager should be aware of and seek to implement before the first snow falls.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Winter, Winter Safety

    Key Steps Facility Managers Should Take for Emergency Preparedness

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 22, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Emergency preparedness is a year-long concern for facility managers, but when it comes to natural disasters and other threats to the safety of your building and the people who are in it, winter is the highest-risk season. The main risks include severe blizzards and ice storms, power outages, fire, roof collapse, gas leaks, and flooding from snow-melt at season's end. To guard against these dangers and protect employees, customers, and all others present on facility grounds, you should develop and implement a winter disaster response plan no later than the fall.

    Effectively coordinating wintertime emergency preparedness policies can involve a whole host of elements, but we will focus on just five of the most important ones here below:

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    Topics: Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Winter, Winter Safety

    Winter Slip and Fall Cost-Benefit Analysis

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 16, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Facility managers are not only tasked with managing essential services such as parking, cleaning, and security; they must also be concerned about the organization’s bottom line. Wintertime creates additional challenges for these professionals as keeping snow and ice from pedestrian walkways is a huge priority. Cutting corners can create significant financial losses in the event injuries are caused by slippery conditions. Here are some things facility managers should consider when engaging in a cost-benefit analysis regarding slip and fall risks.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Liability, Winter Safety