HOW SAFE IS YOUR LAUNDRY?
Store safety is an often overlooked but very important
aspect of running a successful coin-op. At least once a year, take a critical
look at your laundry to make sure it is as safe for your customers and
employees as it can possible be.
In general the safest coin laundries are extremely well lit,
inside and out. Lots of lights decrease slip and fall type of accidents, keep
loitering and vandalism to a minimum, and make the laundry look cleaner.
Replace the plastic light covers in the ceiling if they have yellowed, and make
sure all fluorescent lights are on in each fixture, not just
Have your outside lights on a timer so they turn on automatically
at dusk. Lastly, work with your landlord to keep your parking lot brightly lit.
Enlist the help of other tenants if necessary.
Exercise caution whenever your floors are wet and train your
employee to do the same. Repair leaky machines quickly, and keep extra towels
on hand to soak up water until the machine is fixed. Invest in a couple of
free-standing signs cautioning customers that the floors are wet, and use them
whenever your floors are mopped or wet for any reason.
Machines that are working properly are safe, as long as they
are operated with common sense in mind. Never bypass any of the built in safety
devices on your machines. Periodically check to make sure your top loaders stop
spinning when the lid is raised, and that all front load doors remain locked during the entire cycle, both important safety features.
After drying clothes, remove them from the dryer and allow
time to cool down thoroughly before wrapping them, to avoid the possibility of
Train employees to turn off the circuit breaker of a machine
if necessary, and to know how to turn off the main water valve in case of a
flood.main water valve in case of a
Help your customers keep their children safe while visiting
your laundry by insisting that children be closely supervised. Don’t allow kids
to sit or stand on machines. Never allow children in the rolling carts -- they tip easily. Children can be seriously
injured if allowed behind the dryers or the front loaders. Keeping your dryer
access door padlocked and a plywood panel screwed in between rows of front
loaders are simple and effective.
One of the best ways to keep children safe and happy in your
store is to set aside an area for them that has coloring books, safe toys,
small seats, etc. and is separate from the machines. (This has the added bonus
of allowing their parents to concentrate on their wash and folding, which will
help shorten your machines’ turn around time).
Recognize that accidents do happen occasionally. Prepare for
the unexpected by keeping a first aid kit stocked and handy. Also keep
emergency numbers posted and easily visible. Post lighted exit signs on the
proper doors, and keep these doors unlocked and free of clutter during business
hours. Lastly, check that fire extinguishers work properly.
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