Strategic Planning: Getting Ready for Winter By: Trish Kaplan, CCI (Hon ’ s)
Times feels like it is flying by every day; for some in an almost frightening rate. Planning ahead becomes almost a requirement or we might miss it. Reminders in a seasonal newsletter will be helpful for safety sake. Before we can even blink, it will be time to put out some helpful tips to our community to use and be safe over the winter months. It really is hard to believe nor do we even want to think about it. Before snow falls and takes hold
Check kitchen and bathroom fans to make sure they are in good shape and working to remove moisture that accumulates. In the winter there is more humidity. It is recommended that fans run for at least 20 minutes after showering or bathing. Exchanging moist interior air with dryer exterior air can be done by occasionally cracking a window open. If you are prone to using your patio door during the winter, leave the patio screen door in the open position so that it isn ’ t damaged by snow when opening and closing it. After the snow falls Owners may need reminders to share with those in their household. Sandboxes and plow
Trish Kaplan , CCI (Hon’s) is the current part- time Administrator for the CCI-London and Area
Chapter, also having served in the position from April 2003-
Take some time to enjoy the beauty of
September 2010 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from CCI National in November 2006.
autumn while you are tending to tasks
to be tucked in before winter arrives. Exterior taps should be
markers along the curbs to mark the roadways will soon appear on the property. Hydro and cable boxes and other low lying hazards will also be
winterized once you are done with them for the season by turning them off
inside and on outside to allow trapped water to drain. This will prevent water being trapped and freezing into the line, which could lead to flooding in your unit. Fire prevention - clean out clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, vent and space under the dryer while you are able to. Protecting contractors during winter: clear areas in front and behind the townhouse units of all items such as pots, mats, wires, etc., that would interfere with snow or ice removal; that will provide housing for wildlife; or that might put the contractors at risk when they are on the property tending to maintenance issues.
marked. Please ensure these markers remain where they are placed as it will help the crews avoid damage to the property. In order to curb the many calls during a snow event, make sure your residents are aware of the process and procedure you have in place with your snow removal crews, as well as any responsibility they may have between calls for snow removal. For example, they may be responsible to sweeping off porches and walkways to prevent build - up between snow clearings and to ensure safe passage in the event of emergency services; clearing furnace vents from snow and ice.
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