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5 Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Winter Weather

Keep your business safe from winter weather with tips to prevent water cleanup, damage, and more. 

Keep your business safe from winter weather with tips to prevent water cleanup, damage, and more. 

Slippery sidewalks, frozen pipes, and power outages are just some of the dangers that can affect small businesses when the mercury dips during a Prairie winter. The result can be a big mess requiring extensive water cleanup. Don’t let Old Man Winter close your business down. Use these preventative measures to mitigate the damage from cold weather:


1. Always Have a Shovel Handy

The municipality of Wood Buffalo considers keeping sidewalks and pathways safe for pedestrians a shared responsibility. While public works are responsible for clearing public roads and routes bordering schools and municipal offices, it is the responsibility of business owners to clear ice and snow on the sidewalk adjacent to their commercial property within 48 hours after a snowfall. Clear snow on your driveway and entranceway and apply calcium chloride or other de-icing product to prevent slips and falls.


2. Look Up for Ice

Icicles can be like deadly daggers if not taken care of right away. Not only do they pose a threat to anyone walking below them, accumulating ice and snow on your roof and eaves can lead to ice dams. It's essential to clear your roof of snow after six inches have fallen. If climbing on your roof is an issue, look for roof heating or de-icing cables that melt snow and channel the water away. If you notice water leaking through your ceiling, make sure to call a water damage restoration company immediately.


3. Keep Your Pipes Warm

One of the most significant risks from the cold is the damage it can cause to water or sewer lines. Small businesses can suffer immensely from a burst pipe, as it can take several working days to attend to the flood cleanup. Prevent water damage by properly insulating exposed pipes and leave cold water to drip from your taps during a cold snap.


4. Prepare for Power Outages

Power outages are frequent during winter storms and can cause havoc if your business relies on computers, machinery, or other electrical equipment. Manage an outage by having a power backup, such as a generator. Keep flashlights, lanterns as well as a battery-operated heater on hand. Know where to locate your fuse box to reset circuit breakers.


5. Have an Emergency Plan

Keep your staff, customers, and building safe during a cold snap by putting an emergency kit and plan in an accessible place. Make sure to include:

  • Emergency phone numbers. Don’t forget power and flood damage restoration companies.
  • Muster/gathering stations in case you need to evacuate your building
  • First-aid supplies
  • Non-perishable food and water
  • Battery operated-flashlights
  • Extra blankets
  • Battery-operated radio and cell phone
  • Fire extinguisher

Keep your home and business safe for the holidays. Read our blog on the History of Unsafe Christmas Decorations.


As Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo’s most trusted restoration companies, Proserve DKI is available 24/7 - 365 days a year to provide emergency disaster relief from fire, smoke, water, sewer, and wind damage. Call us at 1-780-791-3663 for sewer cleanup, biohazard, and mould restoration services.