How to Keep Your Business Property Safe this Winter

How to Keep Your Business Property Safe this WinterWinter is upon us, and with it comes snow, sleet and subzero temperatures. Winters can be especially rough on businesses from day to day. By incorporating proper tactics, business can make sure their properties and customers stay safe this winter season.

Inspect Heating Systems

Maintaining heating systems should be a top priority in cold weather. Have your heating system inspected regularly and stay up to date on the maintenance tasks. Keep your customers and employees warm in your building and safe from dangerous carbon monoxide leaks. If you have furnaces that are older than 10 years, consider replacing them for efficiency and safety. Protect against freezing by maintaining the thermostats at a minimum of 55°F when the building is unoccupied.

Inspect Doors and Windows

Doors and windows are prime entrance ways for cold, water and pests to enter your building, which can cause damage to your merchandise or interior infrastructure. Unsealed crevices will also allow warm indoor air to escape, causing upticks in your heating bill. Use weather stripping to seal gaps you may discover between windows, doors, and exterior walls.

De-Ice your Sidewalks

It’s no surprise that one of the biggest winter hazards is an icy, slippery sidewalk, which poses a slip risk for employees and customers who are walking outside of your building. Take advantage of de-icing options, such as rock salt or other alternatives, such as deicing liquid. Be sure to use whatever you choose correctly, otherwise you might end up damaging areas around your building.

Decorate Safety

Choose decorations wisely. Most decor should be kept away from any heat or ignition sources. Never hang decorations from fire sprinklers or block them, as this may prevent sprinklers from operating properly. Turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before leaving the building.

Use battery-operated candles instead of traditional ones. Do not cover emergency exit signs, fire extinguishers or fire alarms with decorations and avoid overcrowding aisles or cluttering any place that would make it difficult to exit in an emergency.

Do not place extension cords in high-traffic areas of your workplace.

Prepare for Closing

Shut down any unnecessary office equipment while you are closed for the holidays. Secure your building and set alarms. Advise your security company that you will be vacating the property. Verify and update emergency contact information they have on file.

Consider hiring a patrol service to conduct recorded rounds to inspect the premises at different times of day and night, reducing the threat of vandalism and theft.

Following these safety tips will help keep your building, employees and customers safe from tragedy this winter season. However you must stay protected with a Tennessee Business Insurance program.

About Barnes Insurance Agency

At Barnes Insurance Agency, we specialize in vacation home rental insurance to ensure the protection of your property and assets. We strive to offer customizable solutions to meet your specific needs. For more information, contact us today at (877) 279-2500.

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