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Teri Lanza

Teri Lanza
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When the Weather Outside Is Frightful, Turn to Self-Storage Talk

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As I write this, I can turn to my window and see layers of snow blanketing rooftops, yards, streets and sidewalks. The wind is kicking up, blowing chunks of ice on pedestrians' faces, and the wind chill is seven below zero. Yes, it's finally winter, and that means I'm very happy to be inside and warm.

Many self-storage professionals are sharing this emotion, and even though some of them are forced outside to do maintenance on the property, they're pleased when they can get back into the heated office and be sheltered from the elements. There is no better time than now to poke around on Self-Storage Talk, the official online forum of Inside Self-Storage, and get more involved in the online community.

Winter weather creates several challenges for facilities, including snow and ice removal, lock and gate malfunctions, and perilous parking lots and sidewalks.

When these questions arise, the SST community can provide answers. A North Texan started this thread, asking for advice on what salt to use to combat ice and what boots to wear when he's out and about at the facility. Northern climate natives, who are accustomed to winter weather, have responded with tips on how to fight the ice when it shows up.

Of course for some of the audience, December means pleasant cool weather and more reason to go outside, not less. If that's the case, enjoy your sunshine but make sure to stop on the forum once in a while to laugh at everyone else's commiserating. When your hot summers roll around, though, don't expect too much sympathy.

If you're not an SST member, you're missing out on a fun, free way to help you survive the winter. You can join here, and the process takes only a few minutes.

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