Ice Melt Protects Your Business as
Well as Your Patrons...
Do not make the potentially expensive mistake of skipping ice melt in winter months. We recognize the temptation to save money and/or time where you can. However in the long run, not taking care of your walkways could cost you a whole lot more than the price of ice melt. Slip and fall accidents are a huge liability concern.
Many states have legislation that requires businesses to take action to prevent slips and falls. For instance, Ohio business owners are required to remove as much ice and snow from their property as possible and to warn patrons of dangerous conditions that could cause injuries. Owners or possessors can be held liable for a slip and fall accident if they knew of the condition and neglected to correct it or if the condition existed for such a length of time that the owner/possessor should have discovered and corrected it prior to the slip and fall incident in question.
Some might not see the need to put down ice melt as long as the parking lots and sidewalks have been shoveled, but in cold temperatures there is typically a thin yet dangerous layer of ice. Additionally, people may only use ice melt when there has been a bad storm but even light dustings can create slick surfaces particularly if the snow melts and refreezes throughout the day.
In short, don't skip the ice melt. Now that we have that out of the way, here's some tips to using ice melt efficiently and effectively. Use these to come up with an ice melt policy or training guide for employees.