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 come January.