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Common Sense Tips for the Cold Season

Cold Season requires Common Sense

The winter season is starting to get cold, so here are some tips to refresh your common sense for the chilly, snow-bound weather.

 

In what has been a relatively tame winter so far, now is the time to start seriously thinking about preparations. CrowdComfort has already discussed the starting for winterizing your facility, and now we have tips and tricks that you can use day-to-day to make operations in the cold season as smooth as possible: 

 

Check your HVAC systems: Buildings in the United States are responsible for a third of the country’s energy usage.  Have the proper professionals make sure that your unit(s) are able to provide adequate heating during the cold times of the year. Once you have the right HVAC systems in place, coordinate regular inspections throughout the winter months as a simple, preventative measure to ensure optimal heating. 

 

Check and Monitor your Energy/Utility Sources: Power outages, frozen pipes, and other inconveniences are more likely to hit you during the cold season than other times of the year. Have the resources ready to establish back-up power, and always check the water flow a few times a day in your buildings to avoid large risks to structural damage. 

 

 

Don’t neglect the roof over your head. Regular inspections can deter a multitude of hazards from rooftops. Snow and ice build-ups along vents, and other orifices, are catalysts for safety and heating issues. Flat-roofs on large buildings can face extreme damage if snow build-up isn’t monitored. Simply take the time before the winter begins to note any hazards before the snow falls, and keep information up-to-date throughout winter on the conditions of potential hazards. 

 

“Clean up” snowfall: A maintenance headache for anyone having to deal with it; snow can perpetuate safety risks both inside and out of buildings. Snow removal is necessary around parking spaces, sidewalks, and other entrances, to lower injury risk. 41,000 people were injured in snow-related car accidents, so it is critical for property managers to watch the weather reports for snowfall, and have the correct procedures to remove it. 

 

What solutions and tricks do you have to “curb the cold” this winter? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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