After the great success of last year's festival firework shows, the MANNINGUK team are delighted to once again sponsor the Henley Festival fireworks. We hope to see them bigger and even more spectacular than last year.
Some things are beyond all our control, but the consequences can be minimised with a little planning...
Here are some key points to consider when addressing the effects weather-related risks could have on your business:
Roofs, gutters and drains should be inspected at least once a year, particularly where trees are in close proximity.
Even if those involved in a weather related accident are not your employees, you must make sure that the Work At Height Regulations (WAHR) are adhered to before work commences, and that all safety precautions possible are put into place.
Lightning conductors or UPS battery back-up units fitted to computer systems may not in themselves be sufficient to protect all vital electronic or telecommunications systems from lightning damage.
Keep stock off the floor wherever possible to prevent from potential flood damage. Store it on shelving, racking or pallets - particularly in basement areas.
The Environment Agency has published floodplain maps on their website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk - you can and should use these to establish the likelihood of your premises being flooded.
With central heating systems, the risk of suffering burst or frozen pipes can be reduced by making sure that they include a "frost-stat". This will override the time clock in the event of a very low temperature whilst the heating is off, and keep the heating a temperature just high enough to prevent freezing.
Storage tanks should also be adequately insulated.
For any more information or if you would like MANNINGUK to review your insurances whilst taking these points into account, please contact us.
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