Another winter season is upon us all—and it’s easy to get caught up with all the excitement around the holiday and new year.  There’s certainly a lot to be thankful for.  Follow these simple indoor and outdoor safety tips to help protect your business and business property.

1. Be cautious with decor

  • Keep combustible decorations away from heat or ignition sources
  • Use battery operated candles instead of open flame
  • Do not block fire sprinklers or cover emergency signs
  • Do not place extension cords in areas with high foot traffic

2. Plan ahead for expected temporary closings

  • Inform customers in advance and update your website
  • Shut down unnecessary office equipment
  • Advise your landlord and security personnel that you will be vacating the property

3. Anticipate drops in temperature

  • Keep all thermostats at 55 degrees
  • Open utility room doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures that will help keep them from freezing
  • Consider installing a monitored electric leak detection system for the main water line. This will alert you early to any leak detection.

4. Plan for snow and ice removal

  • Arrange for snow removal for usual traffic on the ground as well as the roof
  • Use ice melt to ensure walkways are not slippery
  • If your landlord does not provide this service, make sure you clear all gutters for proper drainage

5. Prepare for severe weather

Source: Metlife Insurance

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