Published: 09-Nov- 2012 | Comments: 0
The gusting winds, heavy snow, and freezing temperatures associated with winter are normal and typically anticipated characteristics of Canadian winters. However, winter weather events mixed with a lack of preparation can lead to building damage, freeze-up, and flood. Advance preparation can help to mitigate winter weather impacts on your parish.
The checklist that follows, though not all-inclusive, can be an effective part of your parish’s risk control measures.
The issues highlighted herein should be addressed by appropriate personnel within your parish so that winter weather impacts may be more successfully alleviated.
BUILDING AND STRUCTURE
The importance of building maintenance should not be overlooked when preparing for winter. Look for any evidence of past damage to your building’s structure. Pay special attention to damaged roof equipment that may need replacement, and take note of any areas of potential instability during winter weather.
Boilers, furnaces, and other heating equipment must be inspected and maintained in accordance with regulatory and manufacturers’ guidelines. Winter storms may result in power failure, which may deactivate your heating system. If this occurs, water-filled piping (e.g. sprinklers, domestic water pipes, air conditioning systems, and radiator pipes) may freeze and rupture.
Keeping active walkways, stairways, driveways, and parking lots clear will help reduce the likelihood of slips, falls, and motor vehicle accidents. Designate a safe area for dumping snow and remember that melting and freezing will occur until the snow pile is gone.
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