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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Smilk

Best Practices for Commercial Snow Removal

Updated: Apr 22

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At Eastern, we know commercial snow removal requires careful planning and execution to ensure safety, accessibility, and operational continuity for businesses. Implementing best practices is crucial in efficiently managing snow and ice on commercial properties.

Prioritizing Safety: Safety should be the foremost consideration in commercial snow removal. Clearing high-traffic areas, such as entrances, sidewalks, and parking lots, promptly and thoroughly ensures safe passage for employees, customers, and visitors.

Comprehensive Planning: A well-thought-out snow removal plan is essential. Understanding the property layout, vulnerable areas, and high-traffic zones helps create a systematic snow removal and ice management approach.

Preparation and Pre-treatment: Preparing for snow events before they occur is critical. Pre-treating surfaces with anti-icing solutions helps prevent ice bonding, making subsequent snow removal more manageable and effective.

Appropriate Equipment and Tools: Utilizing the right equipment and tools tailored to the property's needs is crucial. Snowplows, shovels, de-icing agents, and other specialized equipment ensure efficient snow removal and ice control.

Timely Response: Timeliness is critical in snow removal. Prompt response to snow events, regular monitoring, and continuous upkeep during storms are vital for maintaining safe premises.

Environmental Considerations: Environmental impact should be considered. Using eco-friendly de-icing materials and minimizing salt usage to prevent ecological damage is essential.

Documentation and Communication: Keeping accurate records of snow removal activities, maintaining open communication with property owners or managers, and providing updates on progress ensure transparency and accountability.

Regular Maintenance and Monitoring: Consistent maintenance throughout the winter season, including post-storm inspections and proactive monitoring of snow accumulation, helps prevent hazards and promptly address issues.

Flexibility and Adaptability: Remaining flexible and adaptable to changing weather conditions is essential. Adjusting strategies and efforts based on evolving weather forecasts ensures effective snow and ice management.

Collaboration and Training: Collaboration among snow removal teams, ongoing training, and preparedness exercises contribute to efficient operations and readiness during winter weather events.

Eastern understands that effective commercial snow removal involves meticulous planning, proactive measures, timely execution, and a commitment to safety and environmental responsibility. Adhering to these best practices ensures that commercial properties remain safe, accessible, and operational during snowy and icy conditions. We're storm-ready, blizzard-prepared.

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