Extreme Winter Weather: Prepare Your Business with Proper Protection

Thursday, January 7, 2016 by under Environmental Hazards, Intrusion/Fire Protection, Managed Network Services, Monitoring, Property Management

Although extreme winter weather conditions can often be unpredictable, proper preparation can help you avoid damages to your business.

Ramp up your business security this winter. Purchase and properly install these four security devices.  

1. Smart Thermostats

As the temperature starts to drop outside, you may be tempted to crank up the heat within your business, adding extra costs to your energy bill. With a smart thermostat, no longer worry about wasting unnecessary heat. Adjust your thermostat with ease throughout the winter. Smart thermostats help you:

  • Control temperatures throughout the day via smartphone, tablet or laptop.
  • Receive notifications instantly if your business’ temperature is too hot or too cold, which can help prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Gain insight on energy consumption to lower costs.
  • Set schedules to automatically change temperatures during different times of the day.

2. Water and Flood Detection

The average flood claim made by U.S. businesses is $89,000. Cold temperatures often cause pipes to freeze and burst, which can warrant serious water damage to your business. By strategically placing water sensors throughout your business, especially near exposed piping, receive immediate alerts if water is detected. This allows you to respond quicker, potentially alleviating damages.

3. Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detection

Fireplaces are great for keeping businesses, such as restaurants, warm and cozy. Unfortunately, without proper protection, they can add extra vulnerabilities. For example, they increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fires due to lack of oxygen from closed windows during winter weather.

Fire and carbon monoxide alarms keep your business safe no matter where you may be. Receive alerts if smoke or carbon monoxide is detected to stop environmental hazards before they become a major problem.

4. Backup Security Connection

Heavy snowfalls can lead to power outages, frozen or damaged power lines, or equipment failure. Consider utilizing cellular monitoring to back up your security system to avoid downtime. If your IP connection fails, security communication will automatically switch to your backup cellular connection. This way, you can avoid theft or burglaries even if your primary network experiences difficulties.

Properly Install and Maintain Equipment

If you decide to purchase environmental detection and security equipment to keep your business safe this winter, remember professional installation is critical. Work with your security vendor to properly set up and maintain equipment.

What security equipment does your business use to stay safe during extreme winter weather conditions? Share with us in the comments below.

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