With a welcome break from the frigid temperatures that have gripped much of the nation, now’s the time to be sure your business is ready for the next deep freeze. The Hanover’s Risk Solutions team has provided valuable winter weather guidance to help you protect your business from the effects of frozen pipes.
A frozen pipe could break and cause costly damage to a building and its contents as well as impair a building’s fire protection system. A few moments now could save you from costly damage and down time. Here are a few of the precautions you can take to prevent or reduce the likelihood of frozen pipes:
* Keep the interior temperature of vacant buildings, including sections of buildings (vacant floors or offices), at a recommended minimum of 50° F
* Seal all wall cracks and penetrations including domestic and fire protection lines, electrical conduit, other utility services lines, etc.
* Provide heated or adequately insulated enclosures for pipes exposed to low temperatures
If you encounter a frozen fire protection system, here are a few of the precautions you can take to reduce the risk of further damage:
* Do not use torches or other open flame devices to thaw pipes or other equipment
* Suspend all hazardous operations in the impaired area
* Establish temporary fire protection measures in the impaired area, including adding portable fire extinguishers and stretching fire hoses from unaffected areas
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