Keeping your business premises safe during Christmas shutdowns

November 28, 2018



Many businesses will be closing down over Christmas, while others will be open, but likely closed for four days at Christmas and three at New Year. Sadly, this is not a time of goodwill for all, and some could use this closure as an opportune moment for arson or vandalism.  That, coupled with the winter weather, and the risks of flooding, leaks and burst pipes, closing your business for Christmas could be a nightmare.


So what can you do about it?  The following list might help you:



  • Test your alarms (intruder and fire / smoke) and fire equipment. Ensure there is always someone on call should alarms activate.

  • Keep all combustibles to a minimum, and away from the perimeter of the building. Empty or lock bins and skips.

  • Make sure doors, windows and gates are locked. Secure all company valuables.

  • Turn off machinery and electrical equipment where possible. You may wish to consider having evening lights on a timer to suggest people are inside

  • Check fridges, cupboards and other areas for perishable foods, including vending machines.

  • Back up your computer systems and ensure servers have sufficient air flow.

  • Turn off air conditioning, lighting, computers and fans, but make sure boilers are on a holiday mode to prevent burst pipes.

  • Make sure the building is empty before you lock up, and turn the alarms on.

  • If you share premises, make sure you co-ordinate plans with other tenants.

  • Inform your landlord or managing agent that the building will be closed.

  • Rearrange deliveries for the new year

  • Set answer phones and voicemails with emergency contact details

  • Make sure your insurance covers you for the holiday period.

By putting all this into place, you can enjoy the festivities and ensure your business is ready for a new year of trade in 2019.













Please reload

November 10, 2019

October 10, 2019

September 19, 2019

August 2, 2019

August 1, 2019

Please reload

KSH Safety Services is not responsible for the content of external news sites. The link above is provided for the benefit of those seeking the latest news about UK health and safety issues.

Logo hi quality red lettering.jpg

01744 32 50 32 

PO Box 751 Wigan WN1 9RF

Logo hi quality red lettering.jpg

© KSH Safety Services 2019

KSH Safety Services operates as a sole trader and is VAT Registered.

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Facebook