The safety of a commercial property is an important responsibility, especially when it comes to an outdoor environment. As the chill of winter slowly melts away over the next few weeks, it is crucial for 1045 property managers to uphold their commitment to safe, reliable grounds that meet the needs of every season. After a harsh winter, taking proper care of a property will not only protect customers, tenants and communities from potential hazards, but it will also safeguard landscaping investments by reducing the risk of emergency maintenance fees.
1. Assess for Signs of Winter Damage
After a long season of snowfall and ice, it is not uncommon for property managers 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 the entire property each spring and fall season.
2. Remove Hazardous Branches, Litter or Debris
From tree branches and litter to hazardous materials such as PPE’s and/or disposable gloves, property managers are committed to keeping properties safe from potential hazards. By proactively removing any dangerous materials from the premises, shopping centers not only provide a safer public space for their communities, but they can also maintain a professional, trustworthy image to prospective tenants. While an unkept environment may give off the impression of a neglected business, it is important for property managers to consider the impact they have on safety and overall business reputation.
3. Repair Parking Lots
As you might imagine, 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. In an effort to best protect customers, tenants, clients and communities, it is very important for property managers to uphold a high standard of safety when it comes to the quality of an outdoor parking area.
4. Remove Rotting/Dead Trees
Each winter, the weight of heavy snow and ice can often wreak havoc on 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. As these problems can also be caused by harmful infestations and diseases that may cause the trees to die, it is very important for managers to maintain properties with seasonal maintenance and routine tree/shrub care.
5. Water Drainage Maintenance
With a focus on health and safety, it is essential for our property managers 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 the property, it is very important to schedule routine irrigation inspections to avoid the cumulative risk of any drainage issues overtime.