Three Property Preparedness Tips for the Coldest Month

Feel like winter is starting to get old already? Us too. After November’s arctic blast and record-low temperatures, 2015 started off with teeth-chattering cold in Colorado and much of the country.

Since January is on average the coldest month of the year, we know to expect low temps. But that doesn’t make dealing with them much easier. Whether you’re fed up or having fun, it’s no time to let your wintertime safety guard down—even if you haven’t had any issues so far.

Here are three tips to keep in mind for the comfort and safety of your employees, customers and business:

  1. Revisit the Roof
    Be sure you have a clear understanding of the maximum safe snow load for your roof along with a safe plan for preventing dangerous accumulation. Ice dams on your roof can also lead to structural problems, so address any problem areas before they lead to damage. 
  2. Regularly Check Vulnerable Areas
    If there are any areas in your building with exposed pipes that may not get adequate heat, be sure to check them regularly. Add safe heat sources as needed, if there is a danger of temperatures falling below freezing.
  3. Be Mindful of Gas Pipelines and Vents
    Ice and snow can cause damage to natural gas meters and pipes, and block vents. To keep them safe, make sure that vents or meters are not blocked by snow. Carefully clear snow or ice of meters or piping using a broom or your hand. And watch for falling ice that could damage equipment.

Here’s to a Safe, Fun and Proactive 2015

Winter weather rarely seems to cooperate with the best-laid plans. But at least a little preparation can go a long ways towards preventing costly repairs or business outages. We hope these tips, and the tips from our freezing five post, help you stay safe and comfortable.

Resources:
Winter Threats: Freeze-Ups and Snow Loading. PDF. Risk Management Guides. 2012 Liberty Mutual Insurance. http://www.libertymutualgroup.com/business. January 12, 2015.
http://www.libertymutualgroup.com/business-insurance/insurance-news/disaster-preparedness/winter-threats 
https://www.disastersafety.org/freezing_weather/preventing-ice-dams-on-businesses/
https://www.yankeegas.com/Templates/Content.aspx?id=4294986231&terms=winter+safety
https://www.interstaterestoration.com/blog/freezing-5-five-tips-protecting-your-business-freezing-temperatures