It’s nearly time to close up for the Christmas period. No more late night working or long days in the office. It’s finally time for indulging on festive treats and spending time with family and friends. So, the last thing you want to be worrying about is what could be happening whilst you aren’t there.
“Did I switch the office alarm on? Did I turn the Christmas lights off?”
Let’s face it, December is a busy month but it’s also the only month of the year where you close for more than just a long weekend.
Remember: You may close over Christmas, but your risks do not.
The last thing you want on Christmas day is to have to go into the office to turn off the security alarm because one of the baubles your office junior hung from the ceiling finally fell. Or worse, meet the fire brigade and call your insurance provider as the Christmas tree lights were left on and the whole office went up in flames; along with your entire collection of paperwork, your computers, office equipment and furniture. Could you access a copy of your Business Disaster plan to get yourself back up and running without access to anything in your office?
We have put together our Great Christmas Switch Off checklist for you to use in your office.
The great Christmas switch off:
- Don’t leave things on standby: ensure that all computers, monitors, printers, television screens etc are powered down, switched off at the main power point are then unplugged
- Switch off all unnecessary lighting (but make sure there is ample light for security cameras to operate)
- Remove or secure anything that hangs from the walls or ceilings to ensure they do not set off any security sensors you have
- Check that all equipment in meeting rooms and toilets are switched off and unplugged
- Turn off all kitchen equipment at the power point and unplug (including the fridge – if it has a freezer compartment, make sure you thoroughly defrost a few days before you close)
- Make sure you have a system back up scheduled
- Turn off refrigerated drink coolers and hot water boilers
- Ensure all windows are properly latched to reduce heat loss
- Make sure your blinds are closed to ensure expensive equipment isn’t on show
- Make sure any valuables are out of sight or safely locked away
- Test that both your security and fire alarms are in working order, and be sure to properly set these before leaving the office
Print it, email it around the office, stick it in staff’s Christmas cards… whatever it takes. We want to ensure that the only thing you have to worry about on Christmas day is whether you’ve cooked your Turkey for long enough.
The offices at Trust will remain open throughout Christmas, so should you need anything please don’t hesitate to get in touch 01476 434 050 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org