The holidays are fast approaching and, if you’re closing your business for the holidays, you’ll want to make sure you have everything taken care of before leaving. Taking precautions is the first step to fully enjoy the festivities.
So, here are 5 tips that will help keep your business safe during the holidays!
- Keep decorations safe – Many would agree that decorating is half the fun of the holidays. However, it is important to make sure they don’t intrude on security surveillances and aren’t easily flammable. Some decorations can be combustible such as paper decorated trees, which can increase the fire load in the area it is located. Keeping them away from heat or other ignition sources is the best way to go. If you are using extension cords to light up the office, keep it to a minimum and make sure they are secure enough to use. When the business closes, make sure everything is shut off in case it overheats.
- Use a buddy system – Sometimes other businesses stay open while yours could be closed. Inform them that you’ll be away from the office and ask if they could keep an eye open while you’re away. Leave them with your emergency contact information incase they see any suspicious activity while you’re away. Using your neighboring business is a great way to keep your business safe.
- Secure your property – Securing your property is the best thing you can do before your business closes for the break. Shut off computers and devices like printers, fax machines and thermostat(s) so it doesn’t waste too much energy. Using a timed office light to keep burglars from suspecting the office is vacant is always a great idea. Lock up windows, doors and any confidential information of clients and employees.
- Review Security Protocol – Before everyone goes on break, review the protocols of the office for older and new employees. Go over what to close, what door to use last, etc. Make sure new hires are familiar with their surroundings and responsibilities.
- Avoid Scams – Scamming incidents occur a lot during the holiday season. Be vigilant of phone calls and charity spokesperson to make sure it’s the real deal. If an email sounds off, don’t hesitate to ask a coworker or seek for help.
If you follow these 5 tips, your business will be secure and safe while you enjoy your holiday festivities.