Business owners throughout South Africa are being advised to protect their properties ahead of yet another winter front expected to arrive, bringing with it cold to very cold conditions rain, and snow to many parts of the country.
The South African Weather service has warned of more adverse winter weather just a week after snow and floods closed several roads, damaged residential properties, and stranded people country wide.
The winter chill and subsequent storms can also have an adverse affect on commercial properties as the likelihood of flood and fires are on the increase.
“Damages to businesses can be in a number of forms, from loss of data, to structural damage to worse,” says Lourens Joubert, head of commercial lines at Santam, South Africa’s largest short term insurer. “The onus is on the employer to ensure a safe work environment and also to keep employees aware of ways to mitigate damage through each season.”
To decrease the potential for damage during the cold winter months, Joubert believes that prevention is better than cure, not only during office hours, but also before closing up before the weekend.
Santam offers the following tips to help keep businesses safe in the winter months:
- Most electrical fires can be prevented by following a few commonsense tips. Avoid overloading power points or altering the structure of the plugs on existing appliances to make them fit.
- Fuses may be easy to replace but if a fuse blows or
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