Each year, war is waged on wintertime weather to protect our sidewalks, parking lots and building occupants from sleet, snow, hail and ice. The question is: Are you prepared?
Preparedness is elemental in executing a successful ice and snow removal plan; knowledge and training are keys to preparedness.
Oftentimes, snow and ice melt products are not purchased until they are required, which could be detrimental if you come to find your distributor's supply is low.
Because the ice melt industry is largely unregulated, there's nothing to prevent a manufacturer from adding small traces of additives to basic rock salt and claiming greater environmental benefits, creating a unique symbol that implies eco-friendliness, including "green" or "environmentally friendly" in the product name — or making other misleading claims without validation.
By taking several factors into consideration, people can choose the proper equipment to extend the service life of their trucks, operate more safely and avoid giving the phrase "overhauling your truck" a different meaning.
Within the past decade, the number of ice melt suppliers has doubled, and so has the variety of products available.
Although facility managers are not expected to predict weather patterns, these individuals must be on alert when it comes to seasonal trends and safeguarding their buildings.
Some building owners and managers are cognizant of the initial impression the façade of their facility provides, but many fail to focus beyond cleaning windows and repairing bricks and mortar.
A timeless discussion from December 2010 on the CMM Online Forum focused on the overuse of rock salt during inclement winter weather.