Winter weather in Ontario can be unpredictable so it’s important to ensure your business is prepared for whatever the season may bring.
As a business owner, you already have a great deal to think about regarding day to day operations. In winter, there are more things to consider, especially due to inclement weather that we experience in Ontario.
It’s important to be prepared for storms and have a plan in place. We have listed some tips to help prepare your business for winter.
Four Helpful Tips to Prepare Your Business for Winter
#1 Check the Weather Forecast
Staying on top of the weather and paying attention to forecasts will be extremely beneficial. Knowing about unpleasant weather before it approaches will allow you to have time to prepare your property, business operations and employees. For example, if a storm is on the way, what protocols do you have in place to close early? This is one of many things you’ll want to consider in your plan.
#2 Ensure the Property is Prepared
You’ll want your business property fully prepared for the winter weather and there are many things to remember. To begin, ensure you have all the necessary equipment and tools to keep the property safe such as salt and shovels. Snow and ice should be removed regularly from sidewalks, entrances and parking lots and salt should be used to help prevent slip and falls. You should also place non-slip mats inside all entryways, so employees and customers don’t fall.
#3 Be Prepared to Close
In the event you must close your business due to the weather, ensure that you have a plan in place for your business operations. Contact any suppliers you do business with regularly to determine how you will continue working while you are closed. Consider how you will receive your supplies if they can’t be delivered to your business.
#4 Ensure Your Employees are Safe
Your employees are an extremely important asset and you should do whatever you can to protect them. If possible, consider closing your business early to allow employees enough time to get home safely. You may also want to have a plan in place to allow employees to work from home.