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7 Tips to Manage Winter Risks
All too often Winter arrives and we’re somehow surprised! Yes, we know there’ll be at least some snow and ice so we’ve probably got some salt in. But what else can we do to ready our properties and estates for winter?
1. Take a look on a rainy day where the water collects on paths and roads. Have you got a contingency if they become impassable when it freezes? Have you thought about temporary barrier solutions to guide pedestrians and cars away from troublesome areas.
2. Steps can be another problem area. External stairs can get slippery when it rains and internal ones too if that rain is being walked into a building or car park. Think about adding anti slip treads to slippery hotspots.
3. Water from rain or snow being walked from the outside into a building with polished surfaces is another potential hazard. Review your entrance mats to make sure they’re up to the job and take a look at temporary cones and marking solutions to highlight any areas that might become dangerous.
4. With even a bit of snow, roadways can become ill defined. That can become a problem when cars are moving close to pedestrian walkways or parking in spaces that adjoin footpaths. Assess the risks in these areas and think about marking the edges of footways and road with flexible markers that will be visible above the snow and guide driver and pedestrian alike.
5. Make sure salt is distributed evenly around your sites. Salt bins are cost effective and easily maintained and can encourage some shared responsibility if a location becomes icy and no one spotted it.
6. Wooden outdoor furniture that was on its last legs this summer will deteriorate quickly over winter. If it can’t be repaired or renewed, then think about disposing of it before someone tries to use it in spring. Replacement with low maintenance 100% recycled alternatives reduces life time cost and re-purposes what would otherwise be agricultural waste!
7. Traffic going too fast around car parks or site roads is dangerous at any time. But add in damp or icy conditions and the risk increases with potential for skidding and longer braking distances. Review layouts for areas where cars and / or people mingle and consider using speed humps to slow vehicles down to more manageable speeds.
These are just our top 7. What are yours? We’d welcome your feedback!