It’s that time of the year when most businesses face additional wear and tear on their store or facility. With winter weather, there is ice, snow and freezing rain. It’s also the time of the year when there may be additional foot traffic because of holiday events. This increases the spread of germs, especially with dry, indoor air.
As we head into 2020, this is a good time to prepare a checklist and make sure your business is winter ready as well as New Year ready!
- Make sure you have a plan in place to clear snow and ice from parking lots and the walkway to your facility. This includes a bucket of salt for sidewalks and steps, and shovels stored where you can reach them.
- Put out mats at entrance ways that soak up the extra moisture. Change mats regularly.
- A combination of scraper mats (before entering) and wiping mats (after entering), are suggested, particularly if you don’t have space for a large indoor mat.
- Assign a place at entrance ways for boots, perhaps an extra coat rack.
- Floors get wet and slippery so have “wet floor” signs handy.
- You also may want to arrange for additional time with your cleaning service to mop and dry wet floors, including where boots and coats are stored.
- You may want to schedule time cleaning for salt and slush stain removal. Hot water extraction is best for both cleaning and prolonging a carpet’s life.
- It’s cold and flu season, so make sure you have boxes of tissue in reception areas, and hand sanitizers for visitors and employees.
- It’s a good time of year to arrange for a “disinfectant” cleaning in washrooms and public areas.
- When decorating, follow safety practices. Check all electrical extension cords. Often during holiday decoration time, too many cords are attached to one plug. This puts extra load on the electrical system and can be a trip hazard. Watch for cords stretched across open areas or tucked under mats!
- When installing lights, the Canadian Government recommends that you only use holiday lights that have been accredited with a certification agency such as CSA, cUL or cETL.
End of the Year
Many businesses do inventory at year end, so it’s a great time to tidy up and organize.
- Clear entrance ways of any clutter.
- Make sure fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors are working.
- Secure shelving, make sure boxes and containers are properly labeled.
- Remove any recycling that’s piled up over the year.
- Do a “deep clean”, including air ducts, ceiling fans, washrooms, rugs, etc.
- Replace air filters.
- Check signs, are lighted signs working? Are other signs in good shape or do any need replacing?
- If you have street facing windows, clean windows. and window areas.