For businesses in the market for commercial snow and ice removal in PA, the next few months could be busy.
Forecasters say the northeast should see a wet winter, which means snow and ice on the roads, and slippery sidewalks and pathways at your commercial property.
That’s why it’s critical to make sure your property is clear of snow and ice during this season, so that you’ll keep your staff, customers and other visitors safe from harm.
(We should also note that if a customer slips and falls on your property, you might end up defending yourself against a lawsuit if they can show you were negligent in clearing snow or ice.)
Here are some steps you can take to guard against slip and fall injuries this winter:
- Outside your building
Most falls will happen outdoors, so start there before worrying about the inside of your building. Part of commercial snow and ice removal in PA involves having plan so you go it into action as soon as possible.
Check your steps, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots for ice. Blacktop surfaces are especially risky, as the ice can be harder to see.
Put down salt or some sort of ice melt material right away, and put up safety cones or signs to let pedestrians know walking on your blacktop could be treacherous.
Finally, make sure the exterior of your building is well-lit. Proper lighting will make it easier to spot potential hazards in your parking lot, driveway or along your sidewalk.
- Protect your floors
No matter how many “Please wipe your feet” signs you hang up, people are still going to track snow and ice into your building. And that snow and ice will melt, leaving you with a wet, slippery floor.
Be sure to clean up water hazards as soon as possible, and consider putting extra floor mats at the entrances to encourage people to clean their shoes and prevent water damage to your floors.
- When it snows
After snow or ice storms hit, get into the habit of checking your property for potential hazards. Be careful: take small, slow, shuffling steps to avoid slipping. If you do slip, try to avoid landing on your knees or your wrists. Try to fall to the side to spare yourself a more serious injury.
Our team will be on call around the clock to provide a commercial snow management plan that works for your property and its needs. Whether you’re facing down freezing rain or a white-out blizzard, our team can help keep you, your workers and your customers safe this winter.