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groomer combing dog's furIf you run a pet salon, you might provide specialty grooming services for many furry friends. Or, you might allow customers to bathe and groom their own pets in a professional setting. You strive to make your business a safe space to visit. Yet, personal security risks might about around every corner. If you don't put a safety plan in place, you or one of your clients might get hurt. What can you do, instead, to keep these risks low?

Risks in Grooming Stores

Grooming salons bring together both people and animals. If you don't manage these interactions, injury risks might beckon. Stores might also use potentially-dangerous materials, and the environment itself might pose certain threats. Think about some of the common risks in pet stores:
  • Bite risks might threaten, even from ordinarily well-behaved and docile animals.
  • Slip-and-fall risks can exist near wash stations, and indeed throughout the store. They might arise from spilt liquids, or even accumulated pet hair. The prevalence of four-legged friends moving underfoot might enhance the risks.
  • Cut or laceration risks from blades or scissors might abound.
  • Burn risks might appear around dryers.
  • A few toxic exposure risks might exist also. For example, heavy cleaning solvents might become overpowering and cause someone to faint.
Beyond these, any number of accidents might cause a client to get hurt. If they do, they might need to file a claim on your general liability insurance. However, if a claim occurs, your insurer might begin to view the business as a high risk to insure. Therefore, they might have to raise your policy rates, and no one wants that to happen. What can you do, instead, to keep your clients safe when they visit you?

A Safety Plan for Groomers

Take some of the following steps, and you might greatly reduce a number of threats in your salon.
  • In either cases of spills, the litter might increase slip-and-fall risks. Therefore, make liberal use of your broom and mop. Don't forget to roll out non-slip mats and wet floor signs as necessary.
  • Ensure that all pets in your store remain on leashes when out of kennels. Do not let pets roam free through the store.
  • If you provide customers with grooming materials - clippers, tubs, shampoos - post instructions on how to use them. As necessary, provide help and supervision.
  • Keep the store orderly. Don't let walkways become cluttered, and keep harmful materials out of the reach of pets and clients.
The more attention you pay to the individual customer's safety, the better your chances of ensuring they don't need to file a liability claim. That's a big help to you at the end of the day. For more information on insurance options for your pet grooming salon, contact an agent at The Louisiana Insurance Center today!
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