As a facility or property manager, the safety of your commercial property is an important responsibility. The outdoor environment and exteriors can create several hazards as the chill of winter slowly melts away. It’s up to commercial property managers to maintain safe, reliable grounds that meet the needs of every season. To help you carefully prepare for the warmer months ahead, here are several tips for maintaining safer commercial properties this spring:
Assess the Property for Signs of Winter Damage
After a long season of snowfall and ice, it is not uncommon to find evidence of corrosion in the spring. From potholes and debris to rotting trees and deterioration, it is important to take some time to carefully evaluate the physical conditions of your entire property each spring season.
Remove Any Hazardous Branches, Litter, Rotting Trees or Debris
Each winter, the weight of heavy snow and ice can often wreak havoc on our outdoor environments. As heavy ice accumulates, it is not uncommon to see split, dead and/or rotting trees impacted by the harsh seasonal conditions. Until removed, these damaged trees will continue to be a risk, falling on a person, building or vehicle, presenting a very serious safety concern.
Remove any dangerous materials from the premises such as tree branches, litter and hazardous materials such as PPE’s and/or disposable gloves. This will not only provide a safer public space for communities, but will also maintain a professional, trustworthy image to prospective clients. An unkept environment may give off the impression of a neglected business. It is important for commercial property managers to consider the impact their property can have on safety and overall business reputation.
Repair Cracked/Unsafe Parking Lots
A neglected parking lot can present a variety of safety risks to local drivers and pedestrians. From potholes to deterioration, it only requires one small oversight for disaster to occur! It is very important for commercial property owners to uphold a high standard of safety when it comes to the quality of their outdoor parking spaces.
Water Drainage / Irrigation System Maintenance
With a focus on health and safety, it is essential for commercial property owners to understand the risks related to poor water drainage and irrigation failures. From tripping hazards and flooding to underwatering and/or hardscape damage, stagnant water can also present a severe risk to virus and disease control as it provides ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes carrying vector-borne diseases. To maintain the safety and integrity of your commercial property, it is very important to conduct irrigation inspections to avoid the cumulative risk of any drainage issues overtime.
Please contact MAC today for more information about spring maintenance.