Commercial landscaping is about more than maintaining a healthy lawn and shrubbery…though that’s important, too! Landscaping also encompasses customer safety, ensuring that your outdoor space, walkways, driveways, and parking lots are safe places for your clients and customers to use.
Is My Property Safe For Pedestrians – What To Check?
Keeping your customers and clients safe is of paramount importance to any business. It not only protects you from liability and lawsuits, but it shows customers that you value them.
Below are a few of the most common things businesses forget about and which you should check to ensure all pedestrians on your property are safe.
Lighting is important for lots of reasons. It improves visibility not just at night but during dark winter afternoons and evenings. Poor visibility brings a greater risk of falling or tripping for pedestrians on your property – particularly those with mobility issues or of advanced age.
Improve your outdoor lighting, and your customers will be substantially safer.
Trees are a fantastic addition to any company’s exterior, but they may also pose a risk. Properties in regions that suffer high winds may wish to take particular care when it comes to tree pruning, ensuring that problem branches are removed before they fall and injure somebody.
Tree roots may also cause a tripping hazard, and older trees may also be more likely to cause damage from falling branches and twigs.
Take care of your trees, and you’ll better protect pedestrians.
“Hardscaping” refers to the stone features on your property, including paving stones, ramps, landings, stairs, and more.
Remain on the lookout for tripping hazards throughout the year, or rely on Earth Development contractors to keep on top of your property and take quick action when you see problems. Badly-installed hardscapes or damage left unfixed can easily cause accidents.
Flooding from bad drainage systems is a nuisance for several reasons. Sure, flooding can make it difficult for people to access your building, but regular flooding also causes erosion and damage to your hardscapes.
Water may loosen cement and paving stones, it can freeze and cause cracks in stone, and generally cause hazards that pedestrians need to avoid.
Visitor Concentration Areas
Areas where pedestrians, customers, or even employees regularly gather can be a particular problem. Not only does the increased foot traffic mean that damage or tripping hazards become more likely over time, but it can also become a nuisance if you know there are hardscapes in that area that pose a risk to safety.
A clever way to avoid these problems is to create new hardscapes in better areas of your property, which have more lighting, and our commercial landscaping team at Earth Development can help you with that!