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Entries in winter weather (2)

Friday
Oct282016

Natural Disaster Preparedness Resources for Health Clubs

It’s hard to know where to turn when a natural disaster strikes—especially when the effects of Mother Nature negatively impact your health club business. 

That’s why IHRSA and our group purchasing suppliers have put together a list of resources our members can use to both prepare for a natural disaster and mitigate the damages after one strikes. 

Hurricanes and Flooding 

Hurricane season is June through November in the U.S. The winds from these storms can exceed 155 mph and the tornadoes, microbursts and storm surges associated with hurricanes often add to the devastation. 

To help clubs prepare for and recover from a hurricane, our friends at Grainger put together a handy checklist of equipment and supplies you should have on hand

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), flooding has caused more damage in the U.S. than any other severe, weather-related event. FEMA records show that over the past 10 years, the average claim due to flood damage amounted to over $33,000. 

Grainger has created a flooding preparedness and recovery checklist, too. 

Winter Weather 

January and February are busy months for health clubs, but the increase in member traffic makes it even more important to keep a close eye on cold weather safety measures. 

To help you keep your members and facilities safe, Philadelphia Insurance, an IHRSA Group Purchasing supplier, created a list of six winter safety considerations that should be top-of-mind during the winter months. 

Read their full blog post about winter weather safety risks and tips, from freeze prevention to cold weather exercise. 

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Tuesday
Jan262016

6 Winter Weather Safety Risks for Health Clubs

January and February are busy months for health clubs, but the increase in member traffic makes it even more important to keep a close eye on cold weather safety measures.

To help you keep your members and facilities safe, Philadelphia Insurance, an IHRSA Group Purchasing supplier, created a list of six winter safety considerations that should be top-of-mind over the next few months.

1. Freeze Prevention

Cold weather freeze-ups can damage or place vital fire protection systems out of service. Past losses include a single freezing-wind and snow storm which caused $880 million of property damage in 41 states. 

If inspections and preventive maintenance are not performed on your automatic sprinkler system, cold weather may result in sprinkler pipe breakage, major water damage, and an impaired automatic sprinkler system. A preventive maintenance program should be ongoing; however, it is particularly crucial during cold weather where there is a need for "winterizing" automatic sprinkler systems.  View resources on freeze prevention, including a video, check lists, and educational material, on www.phly.com/POINT.

2. Slips, Trips, and Falls

 While some local ordinances may allow for up to 24 hours for snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks, organizations should operate with best practices in mind, rather than minimum legal requirements. If your employees, clients, and visitors need and expect a safe walking surface, the best practice is to accomplish this as soon as reasonably possible. Moreover, compliance with a local ordinance does not fully protect your organization from slip, trip, and fall liability.  For additional assistance on snow removal logs and slip, trip, and fall prevention, visit www.phly.com/safesteps.

3. Sauna Safety

Sauna usage increases as the weather temperatures decrease, therefore paying closer attention to your sauna maintenance schedule can play a huge role in preventing damage or injury.  Sauna fires are a leading cause of fire damage in health and fitness clubs, as well as occupancies such as hotels which provide saunas for their guests. These types of fires present both a property and liability exposure and have been on the rise in the past several years.   

Have a formal inspection program of the facility that includes staff walkthroughs of the locker room sauna areas every 30 minutes. The inspection should ensure that no combustible materials left in the sauna area such as towels or newspapers and that the sauna timer is off when not in use and the heater guard is operational and not blocked. Ensure that your fire sprinkler system is maintained on a regular basis and consider adding a high temperature sprinkler head into your sauna if it does not currently have fire sprinkler protection.

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