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Winter Tips for Businesses
3rd December 2012

With the festive season approaching, now is a good time to take steps to protect your business if you are about to leave your premises empty:


- Check your premises periodically for signs of disturbance, but make sure you have your mobile phone with you

- Remove post from the letterbox as this indicates that the building is empty and is also a fire hazard

- Check that windows and doors are closed and locked, and that any intruder alarms and CCTV systems are working

- Secure cash tills and stock on display, and store valuable items in a secure room

- Closing internal doors can slow down the spread of fire should one occur.

Frozen Pipes

- Keep the heating system ticking over - only modern boilers have frost protection thermostats

- Familiarise yourself with the water supply stop cock so that you can turn it off in the event of a burst pipe

- If it does not impact fire protection systems, turn off the stop cock

- Ensure water pipes are suitably lagged

- Ensure outlet pipes from condensing boilers do not freeze as this can cause the boiler to stop working

- Keep stock clear of the floor


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