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The Iceman Cometh: Preparing for the Chicago Winter Chill

Although many businesses consider Chicago snow removal services well in advance, they must also learn to take ice management just as seriously. According to Ice Road Safety statistics, Illinois averages 15 deaths per year due to icy roads. Icicles kill 15 people per year nationwide, and countless men and women inadvertently injure themselves when they slip and fall on an …

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Winter Weather Dangers Beyond Snow Removal for Chicago Businesses

The National Weather Service calls winter storms "deceptive killers" because most injuries and fatalities occur after the actual event. Even in Chicago, many people are fooled by the dangers winter weather poses, particularly because tornadoes, hurricanes and extreme heat cause the bulk of weather-related injuries and fatalities. Statistics for 2014 show, however, that deaths attributed to extreme cold totaled 43, …

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Tools and New Weather Apps for Monitoring Winter Storms in Chicago

When it comes to monitoring winter storms in Chicago, you can’t be too careful. There are times when it’s safe to wait a storm out and times when you need to get to get off the streets and huddle around a fireplace with a cup of joe. Looking for tools and tips for monitoring winter storms in Chicago? You’ve come …

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A Winter-Preparation Checklist for Chicago Businesses

You don’t need us to tell you that winter is a harsh, brutal experience for the Midwest – and Chicago is no different. Are you ready to deal with Chicago snow and ice while running your business? You better be: being unprepared can be costly and even dangerous. If you aren’t sure where to begin, use this handy home checklist …

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Avoid Liability Issues: Commercial Property Maintenance Tips for Winter

Chicago has notoriously brutal winters. An annual snowfall of 35+ inches and vicious winds from Lake Michigan that ice up streets, sidewalks, and parking lots turn the Windy City into a dangerous skating rink for business owners to contend with. You want your business as active during the winter as the rest of the year but you have special concerns …

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Tools and Tips for Surviving Chicago Winter Weather: Forewarned is Forearmed

We’ve all heard family stories about Grandma walking ten miles in snow six feet deep holding a hot potato, up hill both ways… (insert kid rolling eyes here). We’ve also heard about people knowing a screaming snow storm was coming from an ache in their bones. Let’s face it, Chicago winters are brutal. But these days we have mobile phone …

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3 Tools & Tips for Getting Ready for Chicago Weather and Winter Snow Storms

For many people, winter just kind of happens. Though they had every intention of preparing better during warmer weather, it just never seems urgent until they’re slammed with another heavy-duty Chicago winter. They realize they’re just lucky the ice scraper got stuck in the back corner of their trunk behind some toys and luggage, or they never would have known …

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3 Ways To Prepare Your Business for Chicago Winter Storms and Blizzards

Winter Storm Juno in February 2015 dumped an astounding 19 inches on the Chicagoland area almost overnight. Snow fell at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour, making clean-up difficult. Flights were cancelled, businesses were closed, and residential streets became all but invisible in the falling snow. If you haven’t thought about how to get your business or store ready for …

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3 Steps for Preparing and Monitoring Winter Storms in Chicago

If you have a business in Chicago, you’re accustomed to how quickly winter sneaks up on us and how brutal it can attack. Chicago businesses understand the need to be prepared for winter and all the fun those cold frosty flakes can bring to the table – or parking lots. At Brancato Snow & Ice Management, we live for snow …

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4 Summer Landscaping Changes to Help With Illinois Winter Snow and Ice

Summertime in Illinois is a great season for landscape improvement projects, especially in preparation for the next Chicago winter snow removal. And though it seems like a long way off, starting these projects early can save you time, money, and maintenance when winter snow and ice come around. Here are four changes to your landscaping that can be made this …