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3 Tips For Storm Safety

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Broken branch on a Canton,GA property due to rain storm

Three Tips for Ensuring Safety During a Thunderstorm

A rain storm in Canton, GA, may start small, but with a little change in atmospheric pressure, it can turn into a cause for concern. To protect your building and the employees it shelters, you need to make sure you take certain precautions to avoid as much storm damage as possible. It is also advisable to train employees on emergency procedures just in case the storm turns bad. Here are three tips for ensuring safety during a thunderstorm.

1. Maintain Landscaping Regularly

The trees and shrubberies around your building can easily turn into projectiles when high winds arise. Broken branches can crash into your building, which can damage the roof and break windows. Large limbs may mark the surface of your roof while debris clogs gutters, increasing the potential for flood damage. By making sure that all loose, weak or broken branches are trimmed away on a regular basis, you can help minimize the damage they cause to your building during a rain storm.

2. Inspect Lightning Rods

Storm cleanup experts recommend that you install lightning rods on your commercial building. Often these buildings are the tallest around, making them more susceptible to strikes during electrical storms. A lightning strike can not only damage various sensitive equipment such as the fire safety and security systems but also put it at risk of a fire. Once installed, your lightning rods should be inspected frequently by professionals.

3. Have an Emergency Plan

If your area is under a thunderstorm warning, everyone in your building should know what to do and where to go. Make sure that you designate a safe place for employees to congregate away from windows and skylights. Have enough fully stocked emergency kits that you can place several throughout the building. Planning ahead can help you keep people calm and safe.

Even if a rain storm means you are faced with flood cleanup later, the mess can be minimized if you plan ahead. Most importantly, your employees can stay safe if they are trained how to behave during a storm.

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