As the season changes from the crisp breezes of autumn to the wintry landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, new challenges arise that can affect the well-being of your properties, your team, your residents and the community you serve. At Northwest Enforcement, your safety and security remains our number one concern. With our unwavering commitment to our clients, we’re here to provide you with a comprehensive guide of winter safety and security tips. Embrace the changing seasons with confidence, knowing that we’re in your corner.
1. Winterize Your Property
Ensure that your property is prepared for the winter months by checking for any leaks, insulating exposed pipes, and clearing the gutters to prevent ice dams. Remove any fallen leaves and overgrown landscaping to prevent additional hazards when snow and ice accumulate.
2. Snow & Ice Removal
Regularly clear snow and ice from walkways, driveways, and parking lots to prevent slips and falls. Have a plan in place for timely snow removal to maintain accessibility and safety. Remember to apply salt before snow begins to fall. If heavy snow is forecasted, set a schedule for shoveling to prevent build up.
3. Heating Systems Maintenance
Schedule regular inspections and maintenance for your heating systems to ensure they are functioning efficiently and to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide leaks or fire hazards.
4. Practice Emergency Preparedness
Have a comprehensive emergency plan in place that includes protocols for severe weather events. This should involve clear communication with residents and/or employees, as well as a plan for providing adequate heating and power during potential outages. Consider investing in tractions cleats. NEI patrol and onsite officer teams use these to help improve safety when walking on snow/ice in winter environments and they can be a great asset for your employees as well.
5. Indoor Safety Measures
Ensure that all indoor spaces have proper ventilation and are equipped with functioning carbon monoxide detectors. Additionally, encourage residents to use space heaters safely and avoid overloading electrical circuits.
6. Exterior Lighting
Adequate outdoor lighting is crucial during the darker winter months. Survey your current lighting and install any addition needed lighting to enhance visibility and deter potential intruders. Ensure that all exterior lights are functioning, including pathway lights, parking lot lights, and entrance lighting.
7. Security Enhancements
Consider reinforcing security measures during the winter, such as upgrading surveillance systems and employing additional security personnel to ensure the safety of your property and residents during the longer nights. Use seasonal changes as a reminder to preform a thorough check of all alarms, surveillance systems and access control systems.
8. Drive Safely
Remember to give yourself plenty of time to get to travel to and from destinations. Have a full tank of gas and leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you. If you are on public transit, verify multiple routes you can take in case of a route shut down.
9. Tenant Education
Educate your residents about winter safety measures, such as the importance of dressing warmly, taking precautions while walking on icy surfaces, and reporting any maintenance issues promptly.
As the temperatures drop, it remains paramount to uphold an unwavering commitment to the safety and protection of your properties. By embracing the guidelines outlined in our winter safety and security tips, you not only ensure the safeguarding of your investments but also foster a sense of assurance for both your residents, guests and community. Let Northwest Enforcement be your partner in safeguarding your winter sanctuary.