Posted on: 19 November 2015
Winter is on its way and it could be colder and snowier than normal with forecasters predicting heavy snow and weeks of sub-zero temperatures.
What could be at risk?
- Pipe works and roofing
- Customers visiting your premises or you visiting theirs
- Fleet/Delivery Vehicles
Keep informed. As winter starts to set in, make sure you regularly check the MET office and other weather apps and channels.
Make a plan. Make a plan for your business and employees for procedures to follow if the freezing weather affects your business capability. The plan should include details of your insurance, utility providers and should also account for key personnel if they are unable to get into work.
Avoid slips, trips and falls. You should also prepare your premises and employees for the dangers of slips, trips and falls. Grit walkways and keep floors dry and clear.
Check your boiler, pipework and roof. Make sure your boiler is in a good working condition and that all pipe work is well insulated. Put the heating on a constant low level to avoid burst pipes.
Heavy snowfall can also have adverse effects on weak or damaged roofing systems so make sure you get your roof checked before the cold weather sets in.
Get equipped. Invest in tools and equipment to protect your business including snow shovels and road salts. For example, white salt is a quick working solution and rock salt or grit is more economical for businesses with areas such as car parks.
Protect your premises. Continue to check your premises for any damage, clear walkways and grit car parks.
Keep in contact. Make sure all employees are accounted for and keep in contact with your customers and suppliers to let them know if any business activities have been disrupted.
Stay updated. During heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures, make sure you keep updated on any weather changes.
Let your insurance company know immediately if you have any claims to make. Don’t remove any damaged items until you have spoken to your insurance provider.
Keep check of any lingering ice patches around your premises. Make sure that your premises remain safe for employees and customers.
Check local roads. If you are expecting or making deliveries its worth checking access via local roads.
Always have your vehicle/s prepared for bad weather:
Wiper Blades. Check your blades and make sure your wiper fluid is topped up to maintain visibility.
Lights. Your van lights are more likely to get dirty or obstructed in winter weather, make sure that they are clear and working before you go out.
Tyres. Pressure and tread should be checked regularly as properly maintained tyres will give you better grip on the road.
Water. If you need to top up your water, make sure you use anti-freeze.
Fuel. Keep your fuel tank at least half full, this will give your vehicle weight and traction and you may need it if you find yourself in queues of traffic.
Emergency contacts. Make sure you have a list of emergency contacts in your vehicle/s.
Provisions. Make sure that you have provisions in your vehicle such as torches, de-icer, blankets and water.
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