Let’s talk, security! Here are some helpful tips to make your business a little more secure during a shutdown.
Check your security equipment and make sure it’s working properly.
- Exterior lighting
- Fire alarms
- Security alarms
- Sprinkler systems (locked open and monitored)
- Surveillance equipment
Make sure your critical operations equipment is in good repair.
- Air conditioning
- Heating (recommend setting to 45° F to avoid freezing pipes and sprinklers)
Set up a central monitoring system with local law enforcement.
- Tie into central monitoring systems.
- Notify policy of any vacancy and provide emergency contact information.
- Establish a response team to be available to support effective response and management in emergencies, for example:
- Fire Alarm activation
- Broke water line
- Equipment breakdown
- Establish emergency contact protocol.
Secure your building and automobiles.
- Secure all building openings:
- Roof access
- Dock/loading doors
- Fire doors – self-closing make sure they aren’t blocked
- Consider barriers to restrict entry for areas you can’t lock.
- Know who has access and what type of access everyone has.
- Lock all vehicles and keep the keys in a lock box or safe.
- Place group/pool vehicles in a locked area with external lighting.
Clean, deep clean, and clean some more!
- Relocate flammable or hazardous materials (liquids, aerosols, compress gas) to an offsite location or place in approved storage room or cabinet.
- Remove and limit any debris or unneeded storage.
- Move pallets, containers, outside storage or debris at least 50 feet from the building.
- Arrange to mitigate a potential fire spread to building openings, key areas or gaining access to the roof.