Slip and fall incidents in the winter are a concern for congregations. It is important to keep our parking lots and walkways free of ice and snow. A clean and clear path for our members and guests is essential for injury prevention. Please consider a few reminders for those clearing our sidewalks and parking lots.
- Wear proper cold weather clothing and secure footwear.
- Shovel in small intervals. Allow ample time for breaks to warm-up, rest and hydrate.
- Be sure healthy and physically fit individuals are shoveling. There are many warnings about shoveling with conditions such as heart disease among others.
- Use proper body alignment and placement to protect the body from strains and injury.
- Only allow trained maintenance or property managers to operate snow blowers.
- Keep the area free of pedestrians while in operation.
- Start and run the machine out-of-doors. Especially gas powered machines.
- Turn off the machine to perform all maintenance and cleaning.
Snow Plow Service
- Outline the property, sidewalks and driveways with poles to set a clear boundary for snow plow operators.
- Arrange for salt and ice melting pellets be distributed throughout the property.
- Schedule plow services to be completed in a timely manner accommodating the unique hours and needs of a congregation.
- Be sure an appropriate amount of de-icer is available.
- Provide a scoop, bucket and clear accessibility not just for maintenance or property managers, but also for volunteers and/or ushers who may need to address an icy patch.
By following the basic steps outlined above, we can keep our people and our premises safe.