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Does your business close down for a few weeks in the summer?

Some businesses will be closing down for a week or two over the summer for holidays and / or annual maintenance. Although this practice is not as common as it used to be, it still goes on.

Sadly, some could use this closure as an opportune moment for arson or vandalism. That, coupled with the hot summer weather, and the risks of fire, closing your business for a summer break 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 if you usually operate 24 hours.

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, if not needed.

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 your return.

Set answer phones and voicemails with emergency contact details.

Make sure your insurance covers you for the closedown period. By putting all this into place, you can enjoy the holidays and ensure that your business remains ready for your return after your summer break.

Enjoy the summertime.

KSH Safety Services remains open for business all summer and all year.

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