A mild winter in many parts of the Northeast turned ferocious on January 27, 2015, when 25-plus inches of snow fell in some parts of the region in what turned out to be only the first of several massive snowstorms. At that point, it was too late for businesses to put basic winter weather property protections in place. Rather than waiting for the snow to fall, businesses should begin preparing before the arrival of freezing temperatures, snow and ice that may damage property and interfere with daily operations.
- Update emergency preparedness/response plans (learn more at DisasterSafety.org/ibhs/commercial-emergency-preparedness-and-response-planning).
- Find out how strong the building’s roof is and its capacity for snow load.
- Inspect, clean, and repair gutters and downspouts to minimize the likelihood they will break away from the building or cause an ice dam.
- Protect pipes against freezing and the possibility of rupture (including potable water supply, fire sprinkler systems and outdoor irrigation systems).