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How to prepare your business for the wet weather changes

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With the end of Summer and the wet seasons rolling in, unexpected damages to your business can occur if not properly prepared in time. This article outlines the potential impacts of wet weather on your business and offers actionable tips to safeguard against them.

Potential Damages and Dangers:

Wet weather can be unpredictable and it’s important to know the potential dangers it can cause, as well as the potential damage from Property to Contents. All these areas are major components to your business, and if not properly safeguarded, you could face major loss and interruptions to your business.

From light rainfall to severe storms, wet weather events can alter your work environment, increasing the risk of workplace injuries such as slips, trips, and falls. Additionally, environmental hazards like damaged or faulty equipment can pose threats of physical harm, including electrocution and injuries.

Wet road conditions can also lead to accidents or delays in relation to business travel and deliveries. It’s important to be aware of these dangers and the increased chances of them happening during the wetter seasons

Damage associated with wet seasons is also something to be wary of. It can occur in multiple ways such as Property and Contents. Property Damage can refer to building damage which can include things like:

  • Mold growth,
  • Damaged fences, and
  • Leaking roofs or fixtures/fittings.

Whereas Contents Damage covers the internal equipment and products relevant to your business, such as:

  • Machinery / Electrical Faults and damages, 
  • Internal flooring damage, and
  • Leaking or damaged light fittings. 
  • A key loss that could greatly impact your business from property or contents damage is the loss of business data. It is important to make sure you are safeguarding any vital information and data associated with your business, including information such as employee and supplier details, and, products information, and anything else that is vital to produce your business.

Safeguarding Tips:

To mitigate the risks posed by wet weather, implement the "Double P" approach: Protect and Prepare. Here are some practical steps to safeguard your business:

1. Create a Wet Weather Plan:

Develop a comprehensive plan to prepare and protect your business from unforeseen impacts caused by wet weather events.

2. Protect Your Business Data:

Implement backup storage plans, both online and physical, to safeguard essential data against potential loss or damage.

3. Prepare Your Business Property:

Take proactive measures to maintain your property's integrity, including clearing gutters, maintaining gardens, and weatherproofing windows and entryways.

4. Safeguard Your Contents:

Protect valuable assets such as machinery, equipment, and furniture from weather-related damage by ensuring they are weatherproofed or moved to secure locations.

5. Prepare Your Team:

Educate your team on health and safety protocols to prevent workplace accidents and ensure they are equipped to respond effectively to any incidents.

6. Stay Informed with Weather Updates:

Regularly monitor weather forecasts and warnings to stay informed about potential risks and take timely action to protect your business.

Even if you do follow the Double P processes and the safeguarding tips, we have provided you, it doesn’t change the fact that sometimes things happen no matter how much you prepare!

This is why it is essential that although you have prepared and protected you and your business for the wetter seasons, you also cover you and your business as well. There are numerous insurance solutions available that can be found to fit your unique experiences and requirements.

To find your perfect policy, pair up with an iNeedCover Insurance Advisor.

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