One of the busiest times of the year is approaching: the holiday season. With higher customer traffic and increased sales also comes winter weather. Here is how to prepare your business for colder weather.
Protect the Exterior
Many businesses and stores have an outdoor part of their storefront. Whether this is just a small sidewalk or a sizeable patch of grass, there are preparations for managing the exterior space during the cold months. With winter often comes snow—and lots of it. Depending on where you live, you may only get an afternoon snow shower or you may have more snowfall every other day. Regardless of the situation, you need to be prepared with salt to melt ice and snow off your walkways. Additionally, winter weather can be harsh with strong winds and heavy snow, so be sure to protect your outdoor signs.
Plan for Winter Emergencies
If your power or heat goes out in the middle of a particularly frigid day, you need to have an emergency plan in place. Stock up on emergency resources such as blankets and water for anyone who is stuck in your store. Look to install a backup heat source so that you can keep your business warm even during a power outage. Also, be sure to communicate all emergency plans with your employees so they know what to do in the event of a winter emergency.
Complete Necessary Repairs
One of the easiest ways for the fall and winter weather to seep into your place of business is through unattended building issues. If you have cracks in your walls, old and thin windows, or a faulty heater, you need to get those items repaired or replaced before the frigid weather arrives. If you rent your space, contact your landlord to arrange for the repairs to be done soon and quickly. This will give you peace of mind for the winter months and encourage your customers to shop with you during the busy holiday season.
With these ideas for how to prepare your business for colder weather, you can be protected from the worst that winter can throw at you. Try one or all of these things—taking steps to ensure the safety of your customers and property will keep your business running smoothly in the frigid months to come.