How To Prepare Your School For Winter
Schools across the country are preparing for winter weather, and we want to ensure your school is ready too! So here are a few tips to get your school prepared for the colder months ahead:
Gritting the premises
During the winter, ensuring your school premises are safe for everyone is important. One way to do this is to provide the paths and walkways are clear of ice and snow. This can be done by gritting the areas with salt or sand.
You can purchase a grit-spreader for a quick and efficient way to spread salt and grit. However, if you decide to grit the premises, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- Make sure you use the right type of grit. Salt is best for clearing ice, while sand will help improve traction on slippery surfaces.
- Always wear gloves when handling grit, as it can be abrasive.
- Be careful not to overdo it – too much grit can damage surfaces and make them more dangerous, rather than less.
- Take care not to spill grit near drains, as it can clog them up.
- Once the weather has improved, make sure you sweep up any leftover grit so it doesn’t get tracking into school buildings.
Clean the guttering
One of the most important things you can do to prepare your school for winter is to clean the guttering. Blocked gutters can lead to serious water damage, so it’s important to make sure they are clear before the winter weather hits.
You can clean the gutters yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. Whichever way you choose, make sure that the gutters are clear of leaves, twigs and other debris before the first cold snap hits.
Check boilers and radiators
It is a good idea to have your boilers and radiators checked before winter to make sure they are functioning properly and can withstand the colder temperatures. You should also check the condition of your pipes and make sure there are no cracks or leaks.
Disinfect germ hotspots
As temperatures begin to drop and the days grow shorter, we all start spending more time indoors. This increased time indoors, along with the close proximity to others, means that winter is peak season for colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses.
There are some simple steps that schools can take to help prevent the spread of germs and keep students healthy during the winter months:
- Disinfect germ hotspots. Be sure to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your school, such as doorknobs, countertops, light switches, and desks.
- Encourage good hand hygiene. Make sure students and staff know how to properly wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer can be used as an additional measure but should not be used as a substitute for soap and water.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Teach students and staff to cover their mouths and noses with a tissue or their sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze.
- Stay home when you are sick. Encourage students and staff to stay home from school if they are sick until they have been Fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.
Check the lighting
As the days get shorter, it’s important to ensure that your school’s lighting is up to snuff. Poor lighting can lead to accidents and make it difficult for students and teachers to see.
You can do a few things to ensure that your school’s lighting is up to par. First, you should check all the lightbulbs to ensure they are working. Then, if any of them are burned out, replace them.
Second, you should ensure that all lights are properly positioned. If they are not, they may not be shining in the right places. This can lead to accidental trips and falls.
Finally, it would be best if you considered investing in additional lightings, such as floor or desk lamps. This will help brighten up the school’s dark areas so that everyone can see more clearly.