Keeping your business safe from end-of-winter hazards
Is winter over yet? Can that be spring on the horizon? Yes! However, the change of seasons can be accompanied by hazards for your small business. TELUS Secure Business smart solutions, like a flood sensor and video surveillance, keep small business safety well within your reach.
Flooding, roofs burdened by heavy snow and ice, and fluctuating temperatures can mean disaster for your business and your bottom line. So, what can you do to ensure winter hazards steer clear of your business?
Keep an eye on your company
Video surveillance ensures that no matter where your business takes you, you can still keep an eye on it 24/7 from the convenience of your smart device. Check in to see your entries, your office area, warehouse or anywhere you want with both indoor and outdoor security cameras. WithTELUS Secure Business video surveillance, you can view live or recorded video clips in HD quality from state-of-the-art security cameras. Something seems amiss? With smart mode functionality you can analyze recorded video in greater detail, including a frame-by-frame view.
Watch out for ice
Snow and ice on your company’s roof can result in weakened roofing, as well as “ice dams,” that can prevent melted snow and ice from properly draining. Regular snow removal from all around your business, including your roof, can help prevent snow and ice from accumulating beyond your roof’s weight limits. When temperatures fluctuate, rising and then dropping to freezing, icicles tend to form. Be sure your walkways, entries and eaves are free from icicles to avoid falling ice that could injure you, your employees or customers.
Mitigate flood risks
If you ever worry about flooding risks at your small business, you’re not alone. As recently as Spring 2019, Statistics Canada reported that almost 3,800 business locations were at risk of being affected by spring flooding and that small businesses are the most affected.
When temperatures fluctuate, as they tend to do at the end of the winter, there is also a risk of water damage due to burst pipes.
To avoid burst pipes:
• Ensure pipes are properly insulated. Plummeting temperatures overnight or cold drafts due to high winds can freeze water inside an inadequately insulated pipe, ultimately causing that pipe to burst.
• Seal gaps or cracks.
Sealing your building will ensure cold air doesn’t penetrate your company headquarters and warm air doesn’t escape. Weather stripping and caulking will make your building more energy efficient, too.
• Keep heat at sufficient levels.
After high winter energy costs, it’s tempting to lower temperatures at the first sign of thawing. But not so fast, temperatures can plummet and cause pipes to burst and freeze. Keep temperature levels at approximately 10 Celsius or above, even when you are not open for business. A smart thermostat can ensure you are always in control and can adjust your temperature from your smartphone.
Whether you own the building or rent, remember that water damage could affect your assets and even temporarily, if not permanently, shutter your business. If you are a tenant, be sure to point out any potential problems to the building’s owner to reduce your liability. If you are the owner, it pays to flood proof your property, especially in our ever-changing Canadian climate.
Despite your best efforts, spring thaw flooding or a burst pipe could still happen. An TELUS Secure Business battery-operated, wireless flood sensor can help you avoid costly repairs. The moment this smart sensor comes in contact with water, it will send a signal to our monitoring centre and you’ll receive an alert on your smartphone or tablet. This will allow you to address the problem quickly to avoid costly damage.
With TELUS Secure Business, your business security system can offer you so much more. For smart solutions that help keep your business safe all year round, call 855.958.8181 and speak to a small business security expert.