Winter maintenance is an important part of ensuring the safety of you, your customers, and whoever else walks in and out of your premises. Without the proper procedures in place, your premises could cause harm or damage to others.
6 tips for winter maintenance inside the premises
Here are 6 things to look out for when maintaining the inside of your home-based business:
Alarms: Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly. Heating your home presents a higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire.
Outlets and extensions: Holiday decorations usually lead to extra use of wall outlets and extension cords. Don’t overload electrical outlets beyond capacity and make sure you unplug at nighttime.
Fire extinguisher: Make sure you have an easily accessible fire extinguisher available and that it’s regularly inspected and properly maintained.
Pest control: Colder weather means that pests, insects and rodents are looking for shelter. Ensure proper sealing of your vents and windows. Remember to seal your food sources and place traps inside.
Computer/Equipment maintenance: Depending on the type of home business you have, winter is a great time to backup data, update software and perform maintenance on essential business equipment.
Home emergency kit: Harsh winter weather always increases the possibility of power outages, so make sure you have an emergency kit with candles, batteries, blankets, food and water.
6 tips for winter maintenance outside the premises
Here are 6 things to look out for when maintaining the outside of your home-based business:
Sidewalk/Entrance ways: Clear sidewalks and entrance ways off snow and ice. Take preventative measures to ensure customers/deliverymen don’t slip and fall.
Roofs: Snow is heavy and excess build up can lead to a roof collapse. Remove snow from roof by using a snow roof rake or by contracting a professional to remove snow.
Gutters: Make sure your drains and gutters allow water from snow melt to drain away from the home to reduce risks of flooding or damage to your foundation.
Chimney: Dirty chimneys can be serious fire hazards, so make sure they are properly cleaned before having any fires.
Exterior pipes: Insulate exterior pipes with proper insulation and turn off exterior water valves to make sure that pipes don’t freeze and burst.
Vehicle: Take time to ensure your business vehicle is ready for the winter, by putting on winter tires, performing winter maintenance and having a road-side kit in case of emergency