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Let’s talk, security! Here are some helpful tips to make your business a little more secure during a shutdown.

  • Exterior lighting
  • Fire alarms
  • Security alarms
  • Sprinkler systems (locked open and monitored)
  • Surveillance equipment
  • Freezers/Ovens
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating (recommend setting to 45° F to avoid freezing pipes and sprinklers)
  • Ventilation
  • 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 all building openings:
    • Doors
    • Windows
    • 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.
  • 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.