Not many are focused upon battling the snow and ice hazards that the winter will bring a this time. However, fall is a perfect time for commercial property managers to assess property needs and repairs that should be done well before the white stuff arrives.
Dealing with snow and ice removal is serious business when it comes to a property manager’s responsibility. Developing a snow preparedness plan that provides for a safe and non-disruptive environment for building tenants is not something to be taken lightly.
Most veteran property managers understand the importance of having their property and grounds ready to face the challenges that winter can bring. They know their plan should be fully comprehensive and in place well ahead of time.
Risk management should be at the forefront of each Snow and Ice Preparedness plan. It is easy to make mistakes that can cost a commercial property manger a great deal of money. Not to mention that unsafe conditions could be hazardous and harmful to tenants and visitors. That is why creating a full snow and ice removal plan now is so important.
Those of us at Asset Management Alliance have developed this Snow and Ice Preparedness Checklist to help get your commercial property compliant and ready to face even the fiercest weather this winter.
12 Snow and Ice Preparedness Tips for Commercial Property Managers:
1.Create a Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention plan.
2. Set up and/or review snow removal contracts and assure you have adequate protection.
3. Have a plan in place to keep sidewalks and parking lots free of ice and snow accumulations.
4. Be prepared: stockpile now for ice with salt, ice melt and shovels.
5. Get all snow blowers, plows and shovels ready for use.
6. Assess all exterior lighting to ensure it is illuminating all walkways properly
7. Examine all downspouts and roofs for proper drainage.
8.Eliminate water drainage across key walking areas from downspouts and roofs.
9. Plan to control wet walking surfaces inside and out with appropriate mats and warning signs.
10. Create a weather emergency plan – assemble flashlights, batteries, emergency weather radio and an emergency contact list.
11. Create a plan for loss of power, including considerations for maintaining heat and preventing frozen pipes. Establish safe equipment shut down procedures
12. Fully test and service generators to ensure they are ready for use.
Asset Management Alliance has deep roots in the Delaware community helping all types of commercial property owners protect and enhance the value of their investment through employing a diligent and fully vetted management, maintenance and engineering team that is available 24/7 every day of the year.