Incoming Snow This Weekend
Winter is right around the corner. Snow tonight through Saturday with significant accumulation is expected in some areas. Total snow accumulation, 4 to 8 inches across Northwestern Cook away from Lake Michigan, with 2 to 4 inches near the immediate Lake including downtown Chicago. The first accumulating snow of the season will unfold across the Chicagoland region beginning this evening and persisting through the day Saturday. Warm ground temperatures, especially pavement, will initially limit accumulation on surfaces this evening. However snowfall rates are expected to increase overnight through Saturday morning.
As the weather turns colder and winter season approaches, it is critical important that we support our customers in their effort to be prepared. Among other risks, water damage is a key concern for our insureds – a broken 1-inch water pipe can spill 60 gallons of water per minute. Businesses that stay ahead of the weather also get ahead of the risk exposures and can greatly reduce their chances of experiencing a business interruption.
Some additional key points:
- Get heating systems checked early to make sure they are ready to withstand freezing temperatures.
- Keep the workplace warm, even when it’s closed for weekends and the holidays.
- Know the location of the water shut-off valves – both for domestic water supply and sprinkler system.
- If there are unheated areas and dry pipe sprinkler systems, low point drains should be checked by maintenance staff or a qualified contractor.
- Make sure employees are trained on the proper use of snow removal equipment and review contract language for vendors hired for similar services.
I hope that you will find this safety precaution article informative. If you have any questions and are interested in attaining coverage for your home and against any impending damage this winter, please visit http://parrinsurancebrokerage.com or http://neisinsurance.com and learn about your options!
Parr Insurance Brokerage
2157 N Damen #2B
Chicago, IL 60647