Snow Removal Safety Tips for Commercial Properties

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Living in Ontario, we have to deal with the reality of long winters. Just like we prepare ourselves for the cold by dressing appropriately, commercial property owners need to maintain their lots so they are safe for drivers and pedestrians to frequent in the colder weather. Snow removal for commercial properties is a big part of maintaining that safety.

As picturesque as snow can appear, it can also be very dangerous. A buildup of snow can cause visual problems, and too much snow left on the ground can make it difficult for pedestrians to walk or even freeze and turn into ice. Snow removal then becomes an important factor in maintaining the safety of commercial properties.

Tips for Commercial Snow Removal

As winter comes into full swing, we offer some snow removal safety tips for commercial properties.

Take a Look around the Work Site

Before the day begins, a full walkthrough or inspection of your commercial property should be conducted. Any problem areas should be identified. This includes any excess buildup of snow, anywhere there is ice or any icicles. If one area is particularly hazardous, it should be blocked off from pedestrians and motorists until the problem is resolved.

Use the Right Equipment

If the snow can be removed with a shovel, then make sure you use the right shovel. Choose one that fits with your height to prevent any unnecessary strain on your back. In some instances, the snow may have built up passed what a shovel can manage and you’ll have to use different machinery. In either case, your goal is to clear the snow quickly and effectively so your commercial property is safe.

Keep Yourself Warm and Hydrated

Any kind of winter maintenance work can be strenuous. It’s important that, before you tackle the snow removal on your commercial property, you dress accordingly and drink enough fluids. You wouldn’t want to get sick while doing your best to maintain your property.

Make Sure Lights and Outlets Are Clear and Functioning

The winter months means shorter and darker days. Part of keeping your commercial property safe is making sure to check all electrical outlets regularly. It also means making sure your lights are functioning and that they are clear of any snow that may be dimming their shine.

Protect against Any Slippery Areas

When we refer to slippery areas, we aren’t just talking about the snow and ice outside. With commercial properties, people are constantly walking into and out of your building. It’s important to identify any indoor areas that have puddled due to pedestrians and clean those areas regularly.

Warn Guests about Presence of Snowploughs

Snowploughs are moving through all sections of your commercial property. Though drivers are trained to be cautious, it’s always a good idea to have signs around your property informing your guests that the snowploughs are out. It gives guests a bit more awareness so they can be alert, as well.

Take Note of Hazardous Chemicals

Some chemicals such as salt work well in de-icing snow from commercial properties, but they can also be harmful to the concrete and to the environment. If this is of concern to you as a commercial property owner, then you should ask your maintenance crew what type of chemicals they are using to clean your property. Suggest that they use more eco-friendly products that are less harmful.

Clear Pathways for Easy Routing

You want to shovel the snow away as much as possible in order to create clear pathways for your guests to drive or walk on. After a heavy night of snowfall, it’s often tough to see lanes and the lines that are meant to guide your visitors. Creating these pathways makes it safe for everyone that visits your commercial property.

Lincoln Construction Group has years of experience with commercial snow removal in Toronto. We are an experienced team of workers who offer our clients the best service possible. If you are a commercial property owner looking for snow removal services anywhere in southern Ontario, then contact us today.