Chamber urges businesses to consider the security of their premises

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Gosford Erina Business Chamber has urged Coast businesses to consider the safety and security of their premises ahead of the Christmas New Year break.

“It’s that time of year where many take a well earned break from their day to day business operations and spend some quality time with family and friends for the festive season, ” Chamber President, Rod Dever, said. “

But before you run off into the sunset with your cocktail in hand, there are a few things that you may like to consider, to ensure that you are able to reopen upon your return. ” Dever urged businesspeople to: check that locks on doors, windows and access gates are well maintained; remove cash from premises; advise security company of closure period and make sure it has contact numbers.

Dever also advised businesses to notify their insurer of any closure periods and reinforce a safety plan. “What lights will be on inside or outside the business so that if something occurs, police and or security have good lines of sight inside and out and can detect the presence of others without having safety concerns? ” he said.

“Have you prepared the premises to prevent fire? “The current climate on the Central Coast is still a little volatile and embers can set fire to property quickly. “Remove things from outside which could easily catch fire, remove rubbish and waste and bring in covers off chairs and outdoor settings. ” He said cleaners should also be advised of security contacts during any closure period.

“Taking some simple steps now before you go can assist you when you are ready to come back, ” Dever said. “Being prepared is better than being caught out and losing time and money when you should be trading. ”

Source: Media release, Dec 18 Gosford Erina Business Chamber President, Rod Dever