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Facility Management Challenges During The Holiday Season

Facility Management Challenges During The Holiday Season

The weeks leading up to the holiday season can present a unique challenge to facilities managers. They are tasked with making sure their buildings are ready to welcome the public during one of the busiest times of the year.

They also must assess and minimize potential safety risks inside and outside of buildings. When you anticipate facing such challenges yourself, you can maintain and protect your building with these holiday facilities management tips.

Prevent Stress on Plumbing

With more people coming into the building, it makes sense that the plumbing inside of the bathroom, kitchens, and elsewhere will be used more often. Everything from increased flushing of the toilets to running the faucets can put a strain on plumbing that is not used to this level of usage.

You can head off a plumbing disaster now by inspecting and repairing any known plumbing issues in the building. Repair leaky faucets and pipes, replace faulty toilets and inspect the plumbing for clogs now so it is more than ready to accommodate the influx of people coming into the building during the upcoming holiday rush.

Remove Snow and Ice

As a facilities manager, it is up to you to make sure the walkways and stairs going in and out of the building are clear of snow and ice. Leaving either on the paths leading in and out of the place ups the liability risk for both you and the building’s owner. For safety’s sake, you must be ready to shovel or blow away snow and melt ice as quickly as these elements fall.

You can prepare for this facility management holidays challenge now by having the needed supplies on hand. Everything from a snow blower and shovels to ice melt and rock salt will help you take care of this important task. You also show the public that they can easily and safely get in and out of the building without the risk of slipping and falling.

Plan for Heating Challenges

With more people going in and out of the building during the holiday season, you may find that your building is not able to maintain a steady temperature throughout the day. Cold air blowing through the doorways as people come in and out will make the front hallways and foyer colder than normal. On the other hand, the crush of people crowding into rooms can cause the temperatures in there to rise higher than the set thermostat.

It will be up to you to figure out how to maintain a steady and comfortable temperature in all parts of the building. This could mean adjusting thermostats individually to match the needs in separate hallways and rooms. It could also mean that you simply have to adjust the main thermostat in the central heater or furnace as each day progresses in order to keep people comfortable.

Adjust Maintenance and Cleaning Schedules

Many buildings during the holiday season open earlier and close later to accommodate the rush of customers. These extended hours can put a damper on the schedule you and your crew are accustomed to for cleaning and maintaining the building.

For the few weeks of the holidays, you will need to adjust the schedule and decide during what times of the day or night you want to clean and maintain the premises. Perhaps this will call for you and your workers to come in early to prepare the building for the day.

It might also mean staying late after the building closes to clean up. Regardless, adjusting your cleaning and maintenance schedule could be one of the biggest facility management holidays challenges you face.

Facilities managers acknowledge that the holidays present unique challenges to them and their buildings. You can minimize safety risks and keep people happy by knowing what strategies to utilize as the holidays progress. These tips allow you to keep your building open and accessible while accommodating a greater number of people who visit it during the holiday season.

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