Like it or not, winter is fast approaching. Every business and public space needs to make preparations for the change in weather – and that includes all school and college sites. Here is our quick guide to some preparations you can make to ensure that your school is as safe as can be in the colder climate.
Check your heating
If you haven’t run your heating system in months, now is the time to give it a test run. Breaking down in the middle of the cold snap can force your school to close for a day or two while it gets fixed – something parents and staff won’t be too pleased about. Make sure that not only is your boiler working, but that your pipes and radiators are all leak-free and functioning as they should.
Check your grit
Schools with concrete playgrounds, outdoor pathways and private car parking all need to make sure that snow and ice is removed as quickly as possible – or that it isn’t given a chance to settle in the first place. You can use de-icing grit and salt both proactively and reactively – if the weather forecasters are suggesting that there will be ice or snow overnight then spread a layer of grit and salt over your road and pathways before you go home. If these weather conditions take you by surprise, then you can spread the products over the surfaces first thing in the morning to start melting the snow and clearing the ice.
One of the great things about grit and salt is that it doesn’t expire – as long as you keep it stored in a decent quality grit bin, you can stock up well in advance of any sudden rushes or inevitable shortages.
Grit can be spread easily and quickly with a grit spreader – basically a hopper on wheels. For smaller sites, use a push along version, or if your school has larger grounds and carparks, you might benefit from a tow along spreader – they can usually be hitched up to your ride-on lawnmower and let you cover larger areas with little effort.
Wetter weather (and melted snow or ice) can easily make its way into your buildings – particularly considering the high levels of traffic in most schools. Use a well thought out matting system to tackle this.
Outdoors, use a heavy-duty rubber mat to scrape the bigger detritus and dirt from the shoes that pass over it (fallen leaves, mud, etc).
Immediately inside the door you’ll want a combination of scraping and absorbing, so a thick, textured mat that can both knock off any remaining dirt and also soak up some of the liquid.
Next to this, finish up with a super-absorbent mat to take the rest of the rain, snow or ice water that remains. If this is not possible due to budget or space constraints, the mat just inside the door that combines absorbing and scraping properties will suffice.
Using a good quality mat can help to reduce dirt and water from getting tracked throughout your school, which not only looks unsightly, but is a considerable health and safety risk.
Author Bio :
First Mats started life as safety matting specialists, but have since expanded to become a complete industrial and commercial supplies company. The focus of First Mats is to provide safety-focused products that improve the wellbeing of staff through quality approved products, backed up by extensive knowledge. www.firstmats.co.uk
Embracing the essence of Interior Decor For The Seasons within your home decor can significantly enhance the ambience and comfort of your living space. As the chill of winter descends, creating a cosy haven to retreat from the crisp outdoor air becomes ever so inviting. The transformation into a warm and snug abode can be […]
In an Indian household, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and Vastu for Kitchen is one of the most important factors to consider. Cooking elaborate recipes can take a significant amount of time in the kitchen to prepare a delectable meal. As a result, applying Vastu principles to the kitchen is critical to […]
The right Sofa Colour Combination makes the space more spacious and welcoming. There is a wide range of light and dark sofa colour options in the market, which can be quite daunting. However, understanding the impact of light on colours and textures can simplify the task while deciding the Sofa Colour Combination For Your Living […]
Arcade architecture has a rich history in India, dating back centuries and evolving through various dynasties and architectural styles. It consists of a series of arches supported by columns or piers. Thus, Arcade Architecture represents a path from the past to the future, conveying openness and strength. Although the use of true arch in Indian […]
If you are free-spirited, Bohemian Interior Design is for you. It embraces a fun play of colour, textures, and patterns while not causing an imbalance. Boho style is a careful curation of everything that resonates with you, be it small curios or magnificent chandeliers. Interestingly, Bohemian Interior Design takes inspiration from 19th-century artists who lived […]
Interior Design Trends 2024 will give valuable insights for creating spaces that truly resonate with your unique personality and lifestyle. As we step into 2024 in 3 months, the interior design world will be abuzz with fresh ideas and innovative concepts. Similar to this year, Interior Design Trends 2024 will witness a convergence of timeless […]
Hyderabad is a city that boasts a rich and diverse architectural heritage that has been shaped by its history and cultural influences. The city has been ruled by various dynasties, including the Qutb Shahis, the Mughals, and the Nizams, who have all left their mark on its architecture and influenced young architects in Hyderabad. The […]
Hyderabad, the city of Nizams, is not just known for its rich cultural heritage but also for its booming interior design industry. With an increasing demand for quality and unique interior design solutions, the city has become a hub for talented and skilled interior designers in hyderabad who are making waves in the industry. In […]
Should I study architecture or Interior Design? This is a question every high school graduate comes across. Moreover, the difference is not as commonly clear as it seems. Students often end up getting wrong advice like ‘they both are very similar’ and ‘you only need to be good at drawing’ etc. Well, that’s not true […]
Turning an empty plot and executing an entire design from plinth to top is like taking a blank canvas and painting an entire story on it! Architects are creators; creators of spaces, giving life and meaning to them. The Architects not only represent their city, but are also extraordinarily responsible in shaping the city’s skyline.The […]