As you know, the northern hemisphere is on the cusp of winter. Because we all have been burdened with the weight of COVID-19 and other world crises, it’s important to be prepared for any additional challenges of harsh weather. Though snow, ice, and potential storms may not seem like a big deal in the midst of everything else going on, I recommend doing what you can to lessen concern and potential emergencies.
Additionally, winter brings a lot of changes for a business, including slow times, convenience for customers, employees, and you, as well as safety concerns. From the need to pay for and book commercial snow removal in advance to new holiday decorations for the foyer, consider getting ready for the colder months now. So, let’s discuss some smart ways to prepare your business for winter.
Be Ready for Snow and Ice
I mentioned commercial snow removal because it’s important to contract this service in advance. This is especially true if you live in a climate that typically gets a lot of snow. Snow removal companies will get booked up quickly, as they usually have many annual contracts already set up.
Additionally, make sure you have a snow shovel, ice melter, and salt handy to take care of walkways and the entrance to your business. It’s a good idea to assign this task to at least 2 people on your staff or pay someone on the outside to take care of it.
Put Down Quality Floor Mats
You do not want to be sued for slips, trips, and falls because of something completely preventable. Having good floor mats and rugs in place before inclement weather hits is a smart way to ensure your staff and customers are protected from puddling water and ice residue. It is also a good idea to have floor signs that indicate potential wet areas.
Speak to a Plumber
I recommend consulting with a commercial plumber well in advance of frigid temperatures. It’s important to have your premises inspected for potential water leaks and pipes that could be vulnerable to freezing. They should be able to advise you on how to keep your business safe from the cold and unwanted plumbing costs. Make sure to let your staff know if there is anything they need to do when the weather changes.
Get Your HVAC Serviced
Your HVAC needs to be inspected and serviced at least once a year for general maintenance. You will definitely want to have things checked out before harsh weather arrives. Again, this is something you can have already contracted to a heating and cooling specialist. They can also recommend things you can do to save money and keep the premises more comfortable.
Add Seasonal Decor
As a part of keeping in harmony with the changing season, I recommend adding some seasonal decor to the office. Do, however, be mindful of the fact that not everyone celebrates holidays the same. Simple, non-religious decor might be the best fit for everyone. You can’t go wrong with a winter theme. You can simply change throw pillows, art, and accessories to help acknowledge the season and bring some joy to the space.
Make sure your business insurance is up to date and covers things like personal injury accidents due to weather. Many businesses carry additional liability insurance. Your insurance agent should be able to advise on this matter. Do also ask if you are covered for business interruption in case your business is damaged or shuts down in the event of a storm.
Winter is a beautiful time of year, but it can also be hazardous and tough on businesses. The best thing you can do is to make sure you’re ready for anything. This includes being safe, warm and protected against unwanted accidents and damage. Do also have a back-up plan in case you or other staff members could be delayed or snowed in completely. Remember, the more ready you are, the better your business will do during the winter months.