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5 Winter Weather Safety Tips for Commercial Property Owners


Winter is upon us, and with it comes snow, sleet and subzero temperatures. Chicago winters can be especially rough with all the wind coming off the lake and the fluctuation in temperature from day to day. But with ServiceMaster by Simons’ top safety tips, commercial property managers can make sure their properties and customers stay safe this winter season.

  • Inspect Heating Systems

Maintaining heating systems should be a top priority in cold weather.   Make sure you are having your heating system inspected regularly and staying up to date on the maintenance tasks like examining flues for carbon buildup and removing and cleaning burners. Help keep your customers and employees warm in your building and safe from dangerous carbon monoxide leaks. In addition, if you have furnaces that are older than 10 years, consider replacing them for efficiency and safety.


  • Calibrate Thermostats/Reduce Set Points

As a business owner/building manager, we know that you need to save money where you can to spend where it really matters! By calibrating your building’s thermostats, you’ll make sure your heating systems are operating efficiently, which saves you money on your heating bill. In addition, keep an eye on your thermostat to keep the temperature down, but still comfortable. Experts suggest a lowering of one percent per degree drop in thermostat temperature. The savings will add up!


  • Inspect Doors and Windows

Doors and windows are prime entranceways for cold, water and pests to enter your building, and exit ways for warm indoor air to escape. The former can cause damage to your merchandise or interior infrastructure, while the latter causes upticks in your heating bill. It’s a good idea to use weather stripping to seal gaps you may discover between windows, doors, and exterior walls.


  • Select Good Entrance Mats

Did you know 80 percent of the dirt found in buildings such as offices and shopping spaces was tracked in on people’s shoes? The cost to remove dirt from floors can reach up to $500 and $700 a pound – even more if it is ground into carpeting.   A simple fix is to invest in mats to place both outside and inside entrances and exits. A good guide is that people entering should have three steps on a mat with each foot. The mats should give a little traction and should be rubber underneath to alleviate potential slip hazards.


  • De-ice your sidewalks

It’s no secret that one of the biggest winter hazards is an icy, slippery sidewalk, which poses a slip risk for employees and customers alike who are walking outside of your building. You would be wise to consider de-icing options, such as rock salt or other alternatives, such as deicing liquid. Be sure to use whatever you choose correctly, otherwise you might end up damaging areas around your building.


Following these safety tips will help keep your building, employees and customers safe from tragedy this winter season, but sometimes the unthinkable does happen. If it does, the professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons are always just a call away for all your restoration needs. Please call us at 773-376-1110 for help or to schedule an appointment.


ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons is a women-owned and family run company serving Chicago, Oak Park, River Forest, and the North Shore. The business provides disaster restoration services for damages caused by water, fire, flooding, mold remediation, and a wide range of interior specialty cleaning (hoarder/clutter, post construction, carpet & upholstery) to residential and commercial customers residing in Chicago, Oak Park, River Forest and the North Shore. For more information, visit servicemasterbysimons.com.


Sam Simon
Sam Simon