Winter here in Wisconsin is bizarre to say the least. 51 one day, 4 degrees the next.
Take the proper precautions to protect your employees, guests and your facility.
Apply a proper amount of salt or ice melt to your sidewalks. But not so much that the un-dissolved salt becomes a slipping hazard in it's own right. There are a number of different products available for ice melting. A brief description can be found at MadScience. Additional information can be found at Declaring War on Ice.
Make sure you have adequate walk-off mats in your entrances and that they cover at least 10 feet into the building. Mats also help to protect your building from the abuse of not only the salt, ice melter but also dirt, sand, grit and other debris that can damage floor coverings, tile and carpet. A great selection of mats can be found at Mats.com
Mats can also be rented instead of purchased. Companies like American Industrial can deliver and pick up mats on a regular schedule.
When you have your own staff or a service remove snow from your sidewalks instruct them to clear the snow back at least 1 foot from the sidewalk edge. This will help prevent the melting snow from returning to the sidewalk as water and later re-freezing into ice.
Thanks for reading. We will have additional winter safety tips in future posts.