For store owners, winter weather can bring about a whole new set of problems that you have to deal with. And while some winter weather can sneak up on you, when the seasons start to change, it’s wise to have a plan in place for how you’ll handle this winter weather when it comes your day.
To help you with this, here are three tips for preparing your store for winter storms and making sure their aftermath doesn’t severely negatively impact your business.
Make Sure You’re Properly Insured
When you own a business, it’s vital that everything related to your business is properly insured, from the physical building to your own liability if people get hurt while on your property. So when winter is approaching, you may want to take a look at your insurance coverage to make sure you’re covered for common winter claims.
Some of the things that you’ll want to make sure you have insurance coverage for will include burst pipes, cave ins from heavy snow on your roof, accidents involving vehicles in your parking lot or sliding into your building, and more. And as far as liability insurance, you’ll want to make sure that you have a legal team that knows how to handle situations like if someone were to slip and fall inside or outside of your store.
Tackle The Snow And Ice
Winter storms always bring snow and ice with them. So when a storm is forecasted for your area, you need to have a plan in place for how you’ll tackle all of the snow and ice that may accumulate. This way, you won’t have to worry as much about people slipping and falling, as is very common for those in senior living communities or even for those just moving too quickly in the snow and ice.
If you have a lot of outdoor space around your store, you may want to get something like a small tractor or a snowblower that you can use to clear the snow. You should also have enough shovels that your staff can help to remove snow when needed. And to help keep all walkways from getting icy, you’ll want to stockpile snow melt and road deicer and have ways to keep your floors dry.
Keep Your Equipment Well Maintained
If the winter storms you have in your area often come with a big drop in temperatures, you’ll want to be sure that all of your business equipment will be able to stay as a safe temperature during the storm. To do this, you’ll need to have a well maintained HVAC system and a generator that can handle the energy load your store needs to keep everything up and running.
If you want your business to be ready for any winter storms that might come your way this winter season, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare.