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Can Your Business Survive Winter Weather?

Don’t let a winter storm derail your business plans.

Winter is officially here and this means that your business is subject to extreme winter weather.  Unfortunately, a winter storm can take a business out of commission for an extended period of time.  To prevent your business from suffering such a fate, it’s important to take the proper precautions.  Here are steps you should take to prepare your business for winter weather.

Safeguard Your Office

A winter storm can result in structural damage to your place of business.  The most common issues are frozen pipes and water damage.  To prevent this, shut off outdoor plumbing so residual water in your pipes does not freeze and cause your pipes to burst.  Additionally, check your building for any signs of any drafts, leaks, and cracks, particularly on your roof and around windows and doors.  If you notice any of these issues, be sure to seal them up to prevent water from entering your building.

Remove Ice and Snow

During winter, ice and snow will accumulate around your business.  Not only can snow build-up cause structural damages to your building, but it can also increase your risk of slipping and falling.  In order to keep your employees and customers safe, it’s important to clear away ice and snow.

Have an Emergency Generator

Having a generator for your business is both a good safety precaution and a smart business move.  Having a reliable source of power will allow you to keep your business up and running even if everyone around you loses their power.

Conduct an Inventory

Before winter weather threatens your business, it’s a good idea to conduct an inventory to document your business’s supplies and equipment.  Having a detailed inventory will help you recognize what was damaged during a winter storm, and can help you file an insurance claim.  You should take pictures of everything inside your business and the exterior of your building so you can document what things looked like before the storm hit.

Take these steps to prepare your business for extreme winter weather.  Want another way to ensure that your business is ready for anything that comes its way?  Make sure you have the proper insurance protection in place.  To get the coverage your business needs, contact the experts at Scautub Agency in Scotia, New York.  Our dedicated team is ready to assist you with all your insurance needs.

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