What To Do During A Cold Spell

—What To Do During a Cold Spell

To protect your business from the effects of cold weather, here are some things to keep in mind:

• Monitor temperatures every few hours in vulnerable areas.  Add low temperature alarms that are connect to a constantly monitored location. • Very that water-filled sprinkler piping is maintained at a minimum temperature of 40 degrees. • Inspect valve enclosures for pre-action and deluge valves on a daily basis to verify a minimum temperature. • Provide approved portable heaters for vulnerable areas that might fall below 40 degrees. • Use tarps to erect temporary wind breaks.  For a permanent wind break, consider planting evergreen trees and hedges upwind (prevailing winter wind direction) of vulnerable buildings and equipment. • For pipes that are vulnerable to freezing, open water faucets slightly to let them drip to keep water flowing. • If pipes freeze, turn off the water supply and thaw or repair damaged piping.   • Do not use open flame devices to thaw frozen pipes or equipment. • Verify that all fire protection equipment is in service. • Constantly monitor any boilers or other heating systems that must remain online. • Keep names and phone numbers of your heating contractor, plumber, and fire department easily accessible. Source: Liberty Mutual

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