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Seasonal safety tips

Scheduling maintenance by the seasons

Are you puzzled about how to protect your property from seasonal weather damage? Staying on top of your facility's long-term preventive maintenance program will help you be a step ahead. But new seasons bring unique challenges. This handy guide may help you protect your building from weather damage.

Spring and summer

Check for tell-tale signs of water damage: mold, damp or discolored walls, spongy floors, unexplained pooling outdoors around the foundation. These can all indicate a major issue. Inspect outdoor faucets and lines for damage, and replace water hoses regularly.

Spring cleaning: Find hidden liabilities on your property

Routine maintenance in the spring can help identify and repair places on your property that have been damaged by winter weather.

Fall

Disconnect and store outside hoses, cover outside faucets and insulate pipes that are exposed in poorly heated indoor areas.

Feature preventive maintenance during fall

The weather during fall can often be mild. Take the opportunity to develop a Preventive Maintenance Program. If you have a program in place, evaluate what's working and what can be improved. The cost of prevention is minor compared to the cost of correction.

Winter

Even if the forecast calls for just a few degrees below freezing, plan for the worst. Open cabinets to allow heated air to circulate around pipes. Turn up the thermostat to ensure the heating will stay on long enough to keep at-risk pipes warmer. Keep the water heater well insulated. Let both the hot and cold water faucets drip steadily during freezing weather.

Weatherproof your church against wintertime damage

While preparing for the winter and Christmas season, learn how to protect your ministry from heightened property damage risks, such as winter weather, higher electricity usage and open candle flames.

For more help maintaining your property, reach into the Safety Toolkit. You'll find articles, checklists and other helpful information to protect your ministry.


This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice. Readers should use this article as a tool, along with best judgment and any terms or conditions that apply, to determine appropriate policies and procedures for your church's risk management program.