Work Place Safety: How to Winterize Your Office

In New England, we always experience snowstorms – does not matter where we are, snow is inevitable. You need to be sure you are thinking of everything when a snowstorm hits, especially slips and falls, snow removal, heating, and getting the proper protection. With this in mind, it is important to always have a snow removal plan and a maintenance plan for your office. Without proper care, your office could be closed, clients or employees may not want to come in which will lead to lack of productivity. Follow some of these steps to ensure your office is prepared for this winter.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Did you know that there are three different types of slip and fall personal injury cases?

To prevent these accidents from happening, be sure your driveway or parking lot is cleared correctly in the winter. Make sure you have the proper snow removal plan in place.

Roof Snow Removal

Roofs can be out of sight out of mind especially in the winter. You are not always looking at the top of your home or office which can cause issues when there are major snowstorms. Add to your snow removal plan the clearing of your roofs. This include:

Without proper removal of snow, you can create ice dams without even knowing. Ice dams are a headache for anyone, they can lead to water damage in your office. The more the snow and ice melt and refreezes the more it pushed down on gutters, creating a dam and not allowing for water to escape. Learn more about ice dams with this blog, Preventing and Dealing with Ice Dams.

Turn on the Heat

Your employees can spend up to 40 plus hours in your building, be sure the heat is on. This will not only keep your employees happy, but it will prevent pipes from freezing. If you are looking to save money, you can set the heating around the schedule of your employees. This way you can set it to be warmer when people are working but turn it down when no one is there. As a good rule of thumb is to keep the thermostat at 55 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. This will also prevent the question of “can I bring in a space heater?” You should not allow for space heaters due to a higher risk of fires.

Get Protected

While the winter brings in hazardous weather and possible slips and falls, be sure that you have the right protection.

When it comes time to go through the coverage that you need, be sure to go through this checklist.

Is it time to look through your business insurance? Make sure you give the professionals at TJ Woods Insurance a call. We can set you up with the best insurance agents. Contact us today for a free quote and get your business the protection it needs.