December 2, 2015

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

With the frigid weather and winter quickly rolling in, your business may be in jeopardy if not properly prepared. Follow these quick tips to get your facility in winter-weather-ready condition to avoid any repercussions of business interruption.

  1. Inspect the building

Roof: Reduce leaks or roof collapse by inspecting all components of your roof for any damage, such as cracks, holes, buckles, defective flashing and clogged drainage systems. Be cognizant of rooftop debris buildup to keep your gutters clear for melted snow and ice to drain properly. It is also vital to continually monitor your roof throughout the winter months and gauge its snow/ice accumulation.

Windows & Doors: Inspect your windows for poor insulation or damage. Cold drafts can significantly increase utility bills. Replace damaged windows and doors or apply weather-stripping and insulating film.

Pipes: Check for leaks, cracks and buildup. Shut off outdoor plumbing so remaining liquid doesn’t freeze and break your pipes.

Heating and AC: Schedule a professional inspection and maintain your HVAC system to ensure proper air flow and air-quality.

  1. Create an emergency plan

Communication: Collect the emergency contacts of all your employees and clients, as well as the numbers for your local restoration company or a national contracting organization like DKI (844-DKI-CALL).

Inventory: Take photos of your belongings, furniture and equipment. Keep records of these in a safe place, away from the building, in case the facility and all its contents become damaged.

  1. Equip your business

While it is essential to have an emergency kit on hand throughout the year, filled with flashlights, clothing, blankets, nonperishable food, water and first aid supplies, it is also important to have the following safety equipment:

  • Generator or other reliable power source
  • Smoke alarms (monitor regularly)
  • Weather sealing
  • Insulation film
  • Battery-operated radio