Weather or Not / Part 1: How to Stay Safe Inside
With all the natural disasters we've experienced in 2017, how do you make a business winter-worthy, when slip-and-fall accidents could spell d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r?Get back to basics. Here are six simple steps to ensure your business is ready for cold and stormy days:
- Test the heating system. This is so basic that many business owners fail to think of it. Make sure filters and furnace are clean to help prevent fires and lower energy costs. Close heating vents in any offices or areas not in use.
- Install sufficient insulation. If it's within your business budget, consider adding storm windows, as well as extra ceiling insulation. Install weather strips around leaky doors and windows.
- Check carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Be sure all units are functioning properly, with fresh batteries.
- Install aprogrammable thermostat, and lock the system to prevent unauthorized adjustments.
- Prepare for contingencies. Power often goes out during storms. This is when portable propane space heaters can be invaluable. Remember to keep portable heaters a safe distance from flammable objects such as window shades.
- Bundle up!Encourage staff to keep extra sweaters, thick socks, and gloves in their lockers or other storage area. You never know when the weather will turn. They'll be glad they're prepared.