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Tips for Protecting Your Commercial Building before the Storm

1/30/2022 (Permalink)

Tips for Protecting Your Commercial Building before the Storm

It's always better to be safe than sorry. The best way to protect your commercial building before the storm is with a quality roofing system and good insulation. Here are some other tips on how you can prepare for an upcoming hurricane, typhoon, or tornado:

Keep Your Business Closed Until the Storm Has Passed Through the Area

This is one of the most basic things you should do when there is a storm. Just close down your business and shut all doors and windows. Send all the employees home before the storm other than the ones that need to be at the building for any necessary duty. Lock up your business with strong locks on doors to protect against looters after a disaster hits, especially at night when no one is around to spot them! A good deadbolt lock can do wonders for keeping you secure during this time of danger.

Take Care of the Outdoor Items

Remove any outdoor signage, lamps, or other items that could become a projectile during strong winds. This will help lower your risk of damage to property and keep you safe from possible injury.

Remove all vehicles from your parking lot. This will keep them safe and help prevent flooding if the storm surge makes it into your building through cracks or holes in the ground floor walls.

Move Furniture Away from the Windows

Move furniture away from windows so they are less likely to get destroyed by flying debris in high winds. You should also think about removing window treatments like curtains bars because these can turn into dangerous projectiles too!

Protect Your Doors and Windows

Protect your windows. You can do this by putting up hurricane shutters, plywood panels, plastic sheeting or even just masking tape. Close all exterior doors and make sure the building is secure. Make sure employees know where to go in case of an emergency, like a fire or gas leak!

Shut off power and gas lines

Shut off utilities like power and gas lines carefully and ensure that all employees know where the valves are located. Power and gas lines are already hazardous but they can become deadly during a storm. You should get a generator however in the event of a gas leak do not operate the generator.

Protect your files

Protect your files and office equipment. It's possible to put important files and paperwork in a cupboard or even a dryer before the storm hits if you don't have time to move them somewhere safer beforehand.

Have First Aid Kit Ready for People Staying IN the building

Have a first aid kid ready for people that are staying in the building during the storm. So in case anyone is hurt they can be treated inside the building instead of going to the hospital in the strong storm.

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