Winter weather causes millions of dollars of damage to businesses each year. While nobody wants to think about the cold and blustery conditions that occur each winter, it’s important to plan, prepare, and take ongoing measures to avoid problems such as power outages, water pipe freeze-ups, flooding, ice damming, and roof collapses.
We offer the following tips on winter weather preparedness for your business.
- Have a severe weather emergency preparedness and response plan in place before a storm arrives.
- Make sure your business has an emergency power supply, such as a portable generator or a permanent standby unit.
- Check trees and branches around your facility for any that need trimming to prevent falling, which could cause power outages.
- Provide adequate heat in areas that contain piping to prevent freezing and ice damming.
Monitor the snow and ice load on your roof to prevent damage or a possible collapse.
NOTICE: This information is provided solely as an insurance risk management tool. It is provided with the understanding that the member insurance companies of the Utica National Insurance Group are not providing legal advice, risk management advice, or any other professional services or advice. Utica National shall have no liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damages alleged to have been caused, directly or indirectly, by the use of this information. You are encouraged to consult an attorney or other professional for advice on these issues.