Snow started flying this weekend and I'm behind on getting ready for winter. Patio furniture is still on the deck, hose still sitting in the back yard, and winter tires (if you're in the south, look it up :) ) still need to be put on.
Hopefully, you've planned ahead and your restaurants are ready for season. If not, I've dusted off our Winter Preparedness Plan and hope this is valuable to you and your team.
Winter Preparedness Plan
Here's a few quick preventative steps that can save you headaches in the winter months when the weather hits:
Check your roofand (re)seal around any openings.
Clear downspouts and guttersmaking sure they are clean and that alldrainage is directed appropriately(not onto a walkway)
If you have a basement, check that thesump pump is working, do you have a backup plan?
Check the remainder of the property forfall hazardsor other potential issues (unsafe tree branches, etc) and have them corrected.
Make sure you and yoursnow removal contractorare on the same page with response times, costs, insurance, etc.
Review thesnow removal and ice prevention stepswith your managers and staff. How often, who, how. Ensure appropriate logging is completed (log books, etc).
Make suresalt/sand, shovels, scrapersare ready and available.
Review yourWeather Emergency/Power Outage Planwith your team. What happens with customers? What happens with cash? How do you get staff home safely? What is your food safety policy? Establish safe equipment shutdown procedures.
Check thatflashlights, batteries, backup phonesare available and ready.
Test that yourgenerator and/or snow blower runandextra fuel is stored safely.
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