It’s been a year of truly unpredictable weather here in the UK. First we were battered by the Beast from the East back in February and March, then temperatures soared into a scorching heatwave which took us through most of September. Now, the weather is set to become unpredictable again in the upcoming winter, with stormy weather followed by the first proper snowfall.
Obviously, it’s important to make sure your business is prepared! As a plastics manufacturing company, here at Excelsior, our plastic grit bins are one great way to ensure your business is protected, but there are a couple of other things you can do, too.
Why would weather affect your business?
The Met Office’s latest warnings cover a couple of major weather events, both of which you’ll want to keep yourself posted on, as a business owner. The first of these is Storm Aileen, which is set to hit the UK early next week. Those of us up here in the North are going to be especially affected, with fierce rain and winds that are expected to reach gale force.
Straight after Storm Aileen, chillier temperatures are then going to set in almost immediately, with the later half of October forecasted to bring us heavy snowfall in what’s predicted to be the coldest winter in a whole decade. From your experiences earlier this year, you’ll likely already know from experience how much hassle and danger heavy snowfall can bring. Snow and ice has especially serious safety implications for your business, and it has the potential to damage your profit margins, too. So then, how can you avoid this?
What can you do to prepare for heavy weather?
It may seem like there’s nothing you can do in the face of oncoming weather, but that’s not quite true. There are a number of measures you can take to protect your business – these include:
- Make a plan for snow and ice removal
Our plastic grit bins, salt and plastic shovels all provide an easy, inexpensive way to make your grounds safe for both staff and visitors. Left unchecked, heavy snow can sometimes cause structural damage to buildings, and it can even limit customers’ access to your business, which costs you money in a very real and tangible way. That’s not to mention the expensive liability claims you could have on your hands if someone goes flying over an icy path. (We’ve previously gone into detail about the best ways to use our plastic grit bins to clear an icy path, which you may find helpful if you’ve struggled without them in the past.)
- Thoroughly inspect your building
Drafts, leaks and cracks should be the first things to look for when you check over your building, especially in the piping. Before the freeze starts to set in, it’s also a good idea to clear out and shut off any outdoor plumbing that’s not absolutely vital, so that the remaining liquid doesn’t freeze and break your pipes.
- Check the trees in your premises
Fallen branches are a very real and very common hazard in stormy conditions, and they’ve even been known to kill people. For that reason, it’s a good plan to look out for any heavy branches that you think look especially flimsy, and have a think about removing them before the storm hits. If these branches aren’t technically on your property, it might be worth having a chat with the people who do own them.
- Keep a detailed inventory
Obviously, it’s worth considering taking indoors any property or assets which you feel might be vulnerable to strong winds. Once you’ve done that, take photos of your building and any remaining assets that you think might be at risk. This makes it easier to replace them if anything is damaged. (To be honest, in this respect grit bins should be heavy enough to be OK!)
Above all, stay safe, and stay informed. Plastic grit bins are just one example of the huge range of plastic products we offer here at Excelsior, not to mention our ability to rotomould bespoke plastic products for our clients. You can take a look through our plastic manufacturing case studies to find out what we’ve achieved for previous clients, or alternatively give us a call on 0161 765 2010, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions or queries you might have.