As a small business owner, it’s incredibly important to mitigate any property-related problems before they turn into large-scale issues that require insurance claims.
That’s where Notion comes in handy.
Thanks to Notion’s suite of smart self-monitoring products, you can easily help protect your property by monitoring doors, water leaks, smoke and carbon monoxide, temperature changes, and more!
This is especially helpful for busy business owners who are short on time but who want to take their property protection seriously.
Here are 4 ways that Notion can help you protect your business and create a safe environment for your employees and customers:
#1: Keep Track of Open and Closed Doors
Between managing employees, ordering inventory, or overseeing payroll, the very last thing you want to worry about is burglar-proofing your business. But it’s worth it! You’ve worked too hard to let your business fall victim to burglary and, unfortunately, it happens a lot more than you may think.
According to FBI crime statistics, in 2018, there were 361,622 reports of business-related burglaries, including stores and offices. These burglaries accounted for an estimated $3.4 billion in property loss!
Small businesses are also four times more likely to be burglarized than homes according to data from Streamline Telecom Inc.
Here’s the good news: all it takes is a few precautionary steps to reduce the risk of burglaries in your business!
The first step is to install a sturdy lock and reinforce it with a deadbolt-type lock. This type of double-cylinder lock is extremely difficult for thieves to open.
But equally important is to install Notion sensors on your exterior and interior doors. This way, if someone were to break in, you’d be notified immediately.
Simply place the small wireless sensors on your doors and windows (you can even place one on your garage!) and you’ll start getting alerts when it’s opened and closed right on your phone through the Notion app.
#2: Detect Water Leaks
Water leaks are the biggest threat to homes – but they’re equally dangerous for businesses!
On the bright side, 93% of all water damage can be prevented according to Simply Justice. The problem with water damage is that it often isn’t caught until it’s too late. A leaky pipe that’s hidden behind a wall can lead to dangerous mold and mildew growth, cosmetic damage, and more – and you may be none the wiser!
Not only can this be costly to fix, but it also poses a serious health concern to both employees and customers.
Luckily, this is another area where Notion can help! By installing Notion sensors near water sources (like toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and other appliances), you’ll be notified when a leak is detected.
This can help you save a ton of time, money, and prevent long-term damage to your property.
Note: It’s especially important to install Notion sensors if your business has a basement. According to Water Damage Defense, 98% of basements in the U.S. will experience some type of water damage during their lifespan.
Simply add a Notion wireless water detector near your hot water heater or in your basement to detect leaks before they turn into a problem.
#3: Promote Fire & Carbon Monoxide Safety
As a business owner, it’s incredibly important to have a sound fire safety plan.
According to Occupational Health & Safety, while the majority of fires occur in residential homes, 23% happen in the workplace. So it’s important to take proactive measures to make sure your business is safe for both employees and customers.
First off, make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in working order. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends testing your smoke alarms once a month, changing the batteries twice a year, and replacing the alarm itself every 10 years.
It’s also important to create an evacuation plan for your employees and customers. Start by identifying the best exits and escape routes from your home and rules for what to do in the event of an emergency.
Once you’ve created your plan, spend some time practicing with your employees.
Finally, we recommend installing a Notion sensor next to your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. As soon as the wireless sensors hear your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm sounding, Notion will send an alert to your smartphone so you can take action.
This will give you plenty of time to alert the local fire department and quickly attend to any emergencies.
#4: Get Alerts About Temperature Changes
This one may not seem as important, but depending on the kind of business you operate, fluctuations in temperature can cause permanent damage to the appliances, inventory, and could signify a bigger problem.
This is especially true for restaurants, grocery stores, wineries – really, any business that sells temperature-sensitive products!
If you fall into this category, it’s incredibly important to make sure that your property’s internal temperature is being monitored.
But there are tons of reasons why tracking your business’s temperature is important! For example, if you're away from your business on vacation during an extreme cold wave, keeping track of the temperature can prevent the pipes from freezing, even if the thermostat was turned off or doesn't have a heating schedule.
This is why we recommend installing Notion temperature sensors in your business. When a sensor detects a change in temperature, Notion will send you alert to your smartphone that the room has become too hot or too cold.
This will give you time to fix the problem before it causes any permanent damage.
Thanks for reading! We hope that you learned how Notion products can help you keep your property protected – allowing you to focus on what’s important: running your business!