With winter fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare your commercial facility for the harsh weather conditions ahead. The cold weather can pose various challenges for facility managers, from frozen pipes and heating system breakdowns to increased energy costs and reduced productivity. To help you navigate through the winter season, Trillium Facility Solutions has put together a comprehensive guide to winter facility management, outlining the key steps and considerations you need to take to ensure your facility is well-equipped to withstand the cold.
Prepare Your Buildings and Systems with Winter Maintenance
The first step to ensuring your facility is ready for winter is to prepare your buildings and systems. This involves various tasks, such as weather-stripping doors and windows, sealing air leaks, and clearing gutters and drains. You should also check your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to ensure they function properly before the cold weather sets in. Winter weather can cause HVAC systems to work harder, resulting in higher energy costs and potential breakdowns if improperly maintained.
One tip related to this step is the importance of partnering with a facility management company like Trillium. With their experience and expertise, they can help identify vulnerabilities and implement preventative maintenance plans to ensure your facility is always running smoothly.
Develop a Comprehensive Winter Maintenance Plan
A comprehensive winter maintenance plan is critical to ensuring your facility runs smoothly during the winter season. This plan should outline all tasks that need to be completed before the winter sets in and goals and timelines for each task. This includes snow removal, salting and de-icing walkways and parking lots, and ensuring that emergency exits are accessible and free from obstructions.
You can benefit from having access to Trillium’s mobile app, which makes submitting work orders and quote requests easier than ever. With the help of this app, you can quickly and easily access all the support and services you need to keep your facility running smoothly through the winter months. Look for it on IOS and Android.
Invest in Emergency Generators
As winter weather often leads to power outages, investing in emergency generators is crucial in ensuring that your facility can keep running when the lights go out. This can include backup generators for critical systems like fire alarms and security systems and larger generators that can power your entire facility if necessary.
This is another area where working with Trillium can be incredibly valuable. They can work with you to determine the right type and size of generators you need and install and maintain them to ensure they’re always ready to go when you need them most.
Educate Your Staff
Finally, educating your staff on how to stay safe and productive during the winter months is essential. This includes guidelines for dress and footwear and protocols for severe weather and emergency situations. Educating staff on how to prevent slips and falls and responding during a power outage or other emergency is imperative.
Having a facility management company like Trillium in your corner can be a powerful tool to ensure your staff is informed and prepared for winter maintenance needs. They can help you create and distribute safety protocols and conduct regular training sessions to ensure everyone knows what to do and how to stay safe.
Preparing for cold weather can be a daunting task. Still, by following these guidelines and partnering with a facility management company like Trillium, you can ensure your facility is ready and equipped to handle whatever winter throws. With years of experience and various services, Trillium has everything you need to ensure your facility runs smoothly throughout the winter months. Be sure to contact us today to learn how they can help you succeed in even the harshest winter conditions.