Winter safety tipsSlipping and falling on ice is one of the most common injuries during the winter months. Slip-and-fall accidents often result in fractures or serious strains to the legs and ankles, particularly in adults. You can prevent slip-and-fall accidents by removing snow and ice from steps, especially the area beside the hand rail, and along sidewalks. Also remove snow and ice next to curbs, so people won’t need to take a giant step over the accumulated slush. It’s a good idea to use rock salt in heavily trafficked areas—it melts the ice when temperatures get warmer, and makes the ice more slip resistant. If the floors in your entrance ways or lobbies are tiled or made of concrete, use floor mats that are at least 15 feet long, so people can dry their shoes simply by walking on the mats.
Heavy accumulations of snow and ice can severely damage your roof. This is particularly true if snow storms are followed by rain; the resulting ice creates extreme weight on the roof. Removing snow from your roof can be dangerous, so consider hiring a contractor who holds a certificate of insurance for snow removal. Historically, the damage to the roof is not the expensive part of these claims, it’s the water damage from the leaks. If repairs will take several days or weeks, cover the damaged portion of the roof with plastic tarps and seal the edges with duct tape to prevent additional water damage. Also, clean up any water inside the building as soon as possible to prevent mold growth.
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