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Crown Mats release 10.30

Winter Facility Safety Tips

FREMONT, OH — Winter is fast approaching, meaning that building and cleaning professionals must make sure their facilities are ready for gusting winds, snowstorms, cold temperatures, and harsh winter weather.

And, cleaning professionals in warmer climates must also be diligent.  Often, an unexpected snowstorm or icy rain impacts these areas even worse than colder areas.

One big concern, of course, is preventing slip and fall accidents.  Slip and fall accidents account for close to eight million hospital emergency room visits in the U.S. each year.  As to medical costs, the amounts are staggering, totaling more than $70 billion annually.

According to JoAnn Boston, business development manager for Crown Mats and Matting, there are steps managers and cleaning professionals can take to help keep properties safer not only during the cold winter months, but also throughout the year.

Boston’s Ten Steps to Winter Facility Safety

Winter Facility Safety Tip #1: Take extra precautions to keep outdoor areas clutter and debris free.
Winter Facility Safety Tip #2: Have ice melt on hand and place it on sidewalks and surrounding walkways before a storm arrives.
Winter Facility Safety Tip #3: Ensure building entries have proper lighting and leave outdoor lights on all day during adverse weather conditions.
Winter Facility Safety Tip #4: Inspect gutters, downspouts, and outdoor water sources for leakage.  These areas can form ice patches during freezing weather.
Winter Facility Safety Tip #5: Inspect and repair walkway cracks or “depressions” where ice may accumulate.
Winter Facility Safety Tip #6: Install a matting “system” at all building entries; this refers to 15 feet of matting made up of scraper, wiper/scraper, and wiper mats.
Winter Facility Safety Tip #7: Keep mats and interior floor areas clean and dry throughout the day.
Winter Facility Safety Tip #8: Have cleaning professionals “patrol” indoor and outdoor areas, looking for potential hazards.
Winter Facility Safety Tip #9: Install warning signs and cones at entries and walkways.
Winter Facility Safety Tip #10: Make sure insurance coverage is up to date.

“Having a matting ‘system’ is especially important during the winter months,” adds Boston.  “Each part of the system plays a different role, but working together they help keep shoe bottoms—and facilities—clean and dry.”

About Crown Mats and Matting
For more than 60 years, Crown Mats and Matting has been a pioneer in the development and manufacture of matting products. Beginning with the invention of walk-off matting by the company's founder, R.P. Johnson, the company now has the most diverse matting product line offered in our industry. Crown sells matting through an extensive network of highly trained sales representatives throughout the United States and worldwide. These sales experts are familiar with the features and benefits of all matting systems and are able to help their clients find the right system for virtually any application.