Severe winter weather can cause many problems

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Severe winter weather can cause many problems. Winter weather can arrive in many forms:

snow, ice, rain, blizzards, and high winds. Many times it is a combination of any of these.

Properly preparing for winter weather can reduce the possibility of a loss to your building or

your business.

The following points should be checked prior to and/or during severe winter weather to prevent

winter losses:

Building Structure and Equipment

_Arrangements made for snow removal from driveways, sidewalks and walkways

_Snow removal equipment in good condition

_All openings weather tight, insulation adequate, roof drains open

_Idle equipment (air tanks, lines, etc.) drained, lubricated as needed

_Excessive snow loads removed from roofs to prevent collapse

_Building temperatures monitored frequently especially at night or on particularly cold weather

_Make sure any equipment containing water, or has water in it or running through it, is properly drained

_Accumulations of ice, snow cleared from hydrants, driveways, sprinkler control valves, hose cabinets

and other essential equipment to allow effective fire suppression

Protective Systems

_All areas with wet pipe sprinklers, dry pipe valve enclosures and pump houses adequately heated

_Anti-freeze solutions in systems checked for proper concentration

_Fire department connection and fire hose properly drained

_All areas of the building heated sufficiently to prevent sprinkler system from freezing

Heating Equipment

_Insulation on piping adequate and in good condition to prevent freezing

_All heating equipment in good repair and properly maintained

_Chimneys, smoke pipes, and flues in good condition and cleaned

_Adequate clearance to combustible building materials, stock, etc

Fire Extinguishers

_All units properly charged and serviced

_Fire extinguishers protected from the cold

_Extinguishers clear and unobstructed

Snow Removal By Sub-Contractors

_Obtain certificates of insurance, check for adequate insurance limits

_If possible, name company as an additional insured under the subs’ insurance policy

_Determine exactly the services they will provide

_Decide on when they will respond (certain amount of snowfall, predetermined time)

_Determine best placement of snow by the sub-contractor

Emergency Preparedness Program

_Employees notified of emergency closing (phone tree, radio)

_Plan in place to maintain necessary business and building functions

_Essential personnel designated to remain in building

Remember to always inspect your building, equipment, and grounds after a storm. Look for

damage and initiate repairs as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. Evaluate your

winter storm procedures to see if they were successful, and accomplished everything anticipated.

If not, make the necessary changes. We can’t do anything about the weather, but we

can take steps to prepare for it.

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