What To Do During a Cold Spell

To protect your business from the effects of cold weather, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Monitor temperatures every few hours in vulnerable areas.  Add low temperature alarms that are connect to a constantly monitored location.
  • Very that water-filled sprinkler piping is maintained at a minimum temperature of 40 degrees.
  • Inspect valve enclosures for pre-action and deluge valves on a daily basis to verify a minimum temperature.
  • Provide approved portable heaters for vulnerable areas that might fall below 40 degrees.
  • Use tarps to erect temporary wind breaks.  For a permanent wind break, consider planting evergreen trees and hedges upwind (prevailing winter wind direction) of vulnerable buildings and equipment.
  • For pipes that are vulnerable to freezing, open water faucets slightly to let them drip to keep water flowing.
  • If pipes freeze, turn off the water supply and thaw or repair damaged piping.  
  • Do not use open flame devices to thaw frozen pipes or equipment.
  • Verify that all fire protection equipment is in service.
  • Constantly monitor any boilers or other heating systems that must remain online.
  • Keep names and phone numbers of your heating contractor, plumber, and fire department easily accessible.

Source: Liberty Mutual

1-800-DOHERTY

Doherty Insurance Agency
21 Elm Street
Andover, MA. 01810
Telephone: 978-475-0260
Fax: 978-475-0303