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A Primer on Premises Liability in Parking Facilities

We all know that getting sued for slips and falls is simply a cost of doing business in the parking industry. Even companies with superior safety and risk management programs fall victim to these claims. Fortunately, most of these claims are insurable, but insurance can be costly too, depending on premiums and deductibles. Read more >>

Don't Learn Safety by Accident: 5 Risks You Can Fix Today

Many of us take chances in our personal lives. These risks are our personal choice, of course. However, many parking professionals may not realize they take chances with the lives of customers and employees every day by overlooking some common safety issues typical of parking operations. These concerns have a unique potential to kill or severely injure one or more persons in the blink of an eye, affecting their lives and both your conscience and wallet. Read more >>

Saving Lives at Storefront Parking

If you think there’s been an increase in the number of reports about storefront crashes, pedal error accidents and cases where sidewalk dining areas have been overrun by out-of-control vehicles, you’re right. Read more >>

Keeping People Safe in Garages and Lots

Just as with any other structure, parking garages and lots need to be designed with safety in mind. Properly designing and using garages and lots to decrease the incidence and fear of crime can improve the quality of life for employees and customers. Read more >>

Six Ways to Prevent Vehicle Theft

To help avoid a theft when a vehicle has been left with your service, you’ll need to first identify any weak areas and follow specific preventive measures. Read more >>

What’s In the Air?

Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. This odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas is known as the "Silent Killer."The Centers for Disease Control estimates that carbon monoxide poisoning claims nearly 500 lives, and causes more than 15,000 visits to hospital emergency departments annually. Read more >>

Design Your Parking Facility for Safety

While keeping your parking lot and garage neat and clean are important, there are other factors to consider for the safety of your patrons. Read more >>

Providing Effective Parking Lot Sweeping Using Regenerative Air Sweepers

Parking lot sweeping is necessary for any business. The first value that can be achieved from parking lot sweeping is aesthetic value—a very important factor for any business.The second and most important benefit from parking lot sweeping is health and safety. Read more >>

Parking Structure Fire Facts

The Parking Consultants Council (PCC) of the National Parking Association (NPA) has recently prepared a report entitled Parking Structure Fire Facts. This report summarizes the findings from current parking structure fire research and technical publications. Documents reviewed included simulated vehicle fire tests, reports of actual parking structure fires, and current building code requirements for fire protection in parking structures. Read more >>

How-To Guides

Doing Nothing Can Be Expensive: A 12 Step Program to Reduce Liability by Improving Security

He was working his way through college and had dreams of becoming a successful businessman. But the young parking attendant never had a chance. Read more >>

Maintain Safe Parking Environments Without the Security Responsibility

While parking companies are responsible for the various operations that surround the successful running of facilities, there is a line between safety and security. Read more >>

Get the Best Out of Emergency Response Plans – Perform Safety Audits

Many businesses are aware of the importance of various risk management and disaster preparedness programs. Whether your parking business is part of a hotel or hospital’s on-site operations, a valet service or a stand-alone parking garage, employees must be ready to respond to accidents or emergency situations as they occur. Read more >>

How To Safely Handle Hazardous Materials

A hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical, physical) which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors. Read more >>

How To Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls in Your Parking Facility

An accident by definition is an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance. It can also be an unfortunate event resulting from carelessness or ignorance. In a parking garage or on walking and driving surfaces in general, accidents such as slips and trips can and do occur. Read more >>

How To Winterize Your Garage to Maintain Safety and Prolong the Life of Your Facility

The onrush of winter presents two principal challenges for parking professionals in the snowbelt: 1) Maintaining the safety of patrons, employees and vehicles while continuing operations, 2) Recognizing the long-term impact of weather on con­crete structures. Understanding how these challenges will impact your facility is a key to proper winter planning. Read more >>

How to Make Your Automated Parking Facility Safe

Some high-density, urban garages are now being constructed around "car stacker” systems that automatically move vehicles into storage without the necessity of driving it there. Other, older garages may be adding "car racks” which raise vehicles in racks two or three high, doubling or tripling parking capacity. These systems are either powered by electric motors or hydraulic pumps and are operated manually or through automation. Read more >>

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