300 Seconds: Prepare for a Different Season

If you’re in an area of the country recently affected by the arctic blast, it provides another way to think about and prepare for the season.

To help customers get to your doors, keep a path clear from the parking area to your front door with three simple tools: a snow shovel, a broom, and magnesium chloride–a salt of magnesium and chlorine which melts snow and ice. This is especially necessary if your area is experiencing snow melt and refreezing overnight.

If snow continues to fall throughout the day, keep going outside to clear the path. Seeing you on the sidewalk will be a good indication to the public that you are still open.

Prepare inside with extra mats for boot stomping, which will help protect your hard floors from slipping dangers and your carpets from mud and that magnesium chloride. If you do have hard floors, a cautionary “wet floors” sign might be in order.

This is also a good time to launder items that have been in your lost and found box for a while. Hand out those gloves, scarves and umbrellas as they’re needed.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay