If you own a building, you need to take care of the commercial concrete sidewalks. Problems with your sidewalks can lead to issues with liability. Not only that, but damaged or dirty sidewalks prevent your building from looking its best. Here are just steps you should take to protect you, your customers and your sidewalks.
Reduce Your Liability
When it comes to the sidewalks around your commercial building, the most important thing you can do is reduce your liability. You might not realize this, but your duty to protect your customers begins before they enter your building.
Keep Clutter Away
If you're going to be using your sidewalks as additional storage or display space, you might want to reconsider that decision. Using your sidewalks for anything other than walking space for your customers increases the risk of trip and fall accidents. Avoid the liability by keeping the clutter off your sidewalks.
Clear the Snow
If your business operates in a region that experiences ice and snow, be sure to utilize an effective snow-removal plan. An accumulation of ice and snow can lead to serious slip and fall accidents. Before your business opens each day, spend some time clearing away the snow and laying down a generous amount of deicing agent. Have someone go out several times each day to repeat the process. For maximum protection, talk to your contractor about installing a heating element under your sidewalks to keep the area free from ice and snow at all times.
Repair the Cracks
If you have concrete sidewalks around your commercial building, you need to keep them free of cracks and potholes. A damaged sidewalk is a danger to your customers. If your sidewalks develop cracks or potholes, you need to have them repaired as soon as possible.
Eliminate the Tackiness
If you own a business, you want the exterior to look clean. That includes your concrete sidewalks. Unfortunately, chewing gum deposits on your sidewalks can diminish the appearance of your building. Not to mention the fact that chewing gum on the bottom of a shoe can ruin the carpeting inside your building, which will increase your cleaning costs. To avoid the tacky problem, have the chewing gum scraped up and cleared away each day.
Conduct Weekly Inspections
If you don't know the condition of your commercial sidewalks, you can't fix the problem. That's why it's important that you conduct weekly inspections of all the sidewalks around your commercial building. That way, you can take care of minor issues before they turn into liability risks for your business. Pay close attention to the issues described above, especially where the clutter, cracks and ice deposits are concerned.