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Staking Best Practices

Provide real-time guidance by marking pavement boundaries and hidden obstacles with stakes to alert snow plow drivers that there is an obstruction in their way. Avoiding areas like this will keep operators safe and reduce property damage.

How to Properly Stake a Site

Mark curb boundary lines for medians, parking islands, and obstacles like speed bumps. For any raised hazards like manhole covers or drainage areas that may catch a plow blade, place a marker on both sides of the hazard - unless it is in the center of the lot, which will require a stake at the leading and back edges. If there are any fire hydrants, utility boxes or other public safety hazards, you’ll want to install an adjacent marker. Do not place stakes in the center of plow push points.

Determine Your Roadmap With a Pre-Site Inspection

Walk the property and mark aspects to watch out for while noting any pre-existing damage. A little up-front work goes a long way in avoiding costly mistakes in the future. Plus, it creates ease for drivers once the first storm hits.

Communicate Immediately With a Color Coding System

Key property characteristics can be easily determined by specifying the color, size and even location of stakes. Color coding can also improve efficiency by reducing the number of improperly serviced sites and call backs. Ensure that your team is aware of the system before they arrive on site.

Don’t Forget the Postseason Inspection

At the end of the season when you’re removing your stakes, measure how well the staking procedure worked and note any changes needed for the following winter.


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Originally written by SIMA and SnowEx®.

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