S&S Sprinkler Soaring High with 2014 Airbus Project

2014 was quite an exciting year for S&S. We had the privilege of providing the fire protection infrastructure for the new Central Utilities Plant on the Airbus site in Mobile.

The $600 million Airbus aircraft assembly plant is a game-changing project for, not just Mobile, but for the entire region. During its construction period alone, it has created more than 3,000 jobs in the area. “Alabama has the best workforce you’ll find anywhere in the U.S.,” Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier said. “When Airbus aircraft take to the skies, our pride and workmanship will soar along with them.”

The plant, which is projected to have a $61 million annual payroll at full capacity, will have an annual economic impact of $409 million on Alabama’s economy. The majority of that money will benefit our very own Mobile County, which was projected to see an additional $348 million in annual economic activity when the plant reaches full employment.

“We [were] honored to have been selected as one of, if not the first, fire protection contractor for the Airbus site,” said Derick Boutwell, S&S Project Manager.

We also had the pleasure of using Victaulic products on the Airbus site. Their easy-to-install products allowed us to work through the job quickly and efficiently. Using their state-of-the-art designs is always a great solution for any job we work, especially those with a tight construction schedule.

S&S has been the leader in the fire sprinkler protection & security industry across the Gulf Coast for 42 years, and it was an honor to work on a project that will change the economy of the state of Alabama and the face of aviation for the entire country. Leland Moore, Sr., S&S Chairman of the Board stated, “Our selection reflects the expertise and service that our customers rely on each day. I couldn’t be more proud of our team…”

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http://blog.al.com/live/2012/07/airbus_mobile_its_official_-_b.html

http://www.victaulic.com/zh-cht/our-company/case-studies/airbus-final-assembly-line/

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Avoid Frozen Fire Sprinkler Pipes This Winter

With the entire country sinking into a below-freezing polar plunge, there is at least one concern that is on everyone’s minds this winter— frozen pipes, one of the biggest risks of property damage during the cold winter months. But have you ever stopped to think about your fire sprinkler system being affected by these biting cold temps? Your wet pipe sprinkler systems could become the cause of considerable water damage to your building, which would call for major business disruption plus expensive and time-consuming repairs. To help you keep your fire protection system and your building in tip-top shape, here are five preventative measures to consider this winter season.

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Maintain enough heat during periods of extreme cold to keep the fire sprinkler pipes from freezing. 

Maintain enough heat during periods of extreme cold to keep the fire sprinkler pipes from freezing.

The number one cause of freezing wet pipe fire sprinkler systems is due to a lack of adequate heat in your facility. This can occur by the shutting down of your heating system, heat escaping from cracks or holes in your building, or any other cause of insufficient heat in your facility. To make sure your place is nice and warm, check your heating system to make sure that it is delivering heat to all areas of the facility, and check room temps frequently, especially if they get near 40 degrees.

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Inspect your fire sprinkler system and look for any leaks or damage.

Just like anything in life, your automatic fire sprinkler system can run into problems and become run-down over time. Examine your system to ensure that its integrity isn’t compromised, especially in these low winter temps. Repair, replace, or refasten broken, missing, or loose sprinkler pipe hangers. This will ensure proper pitch of the sprinkler piping and will assure good drainage. To determine if above or underground piping may have frozen water, contact your fire protection professional at S&S.

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Physically inspect all buildings and any area protected by automatic sprinkler protection before the cold weather season arrives.

This is to ensure that there are no areas with inadequate heat and that everything is in place so that the elements of your fire protection system are not exposed to the chilly weather. Keep your eye out for places where cold air could be coming through, such as broken windows, cracks in the structure, unsealed or open doors, loose sidings, etc. Make sure you check for drafts or air leaks in seldom visited areas where there are fire sprinkler pipes. After your inspection, be sure to repair anything in your facility that could promote frozen sprinkler pipes.

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Freeze-ups in wet sprinkler systems occur most frequently during weekend or other shut down periods when a sudden cold snap.

Freeze-ups in wet sprinkler systems occur most frequently during weekend or other shut down periods when a sudden cold snap.

We know that the weekends and holidays are times reserved for you to spend with your family and friends— not for worrying about building maintenance. But, it’s smart to keep in mind that these are the times when most fire sprinkler freeze-ups occur. Make sure you follow the proper steps of assuring your system is safe from the chill before your establishment will be closed for an extended period of time. For added security, temperature-signaling devices monitored by alarm services can be installed to alert you when your system is in danger of a freeze.

At S&S Sprinkler, we believe that prevention is better than the cure. We want to make sure your automatic fire sprinkler system, facility, and business are sustained through these frigid months. Contact S&S Sprinkler to talk office fire safety at at sssprinkler.com, or call 1-800-443-5897 for any fire sprinkler, alarm, & office security questions.

Stay warm. Stay safe!

S&S does more than just design and install fire sprinkler systems. We can also inspect, maintain, and repair when necessary.

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Tis The Season To Deck the Office Halls – Office Safety Tips For Christmas

S&S_christmas_office_saferThe holidays are upon us which means many offices decorate their workspace: stringing the lights, finding the perfect Christmas tree, and hanging the decorations. Did you know that from December 15 to December 31 – the height of the holiday season – the number of fires, deaths, injuries, and property losses are significantly higher than the rest of the year? Experts say that, on average, Christmas-time incidents increase by the following amounts:

•       Fires increase by 18%
•       Fire-related deaths increase by 25%
•       Fire-related injuries increase by 24%
•       Property losses increase by 7%

Many home and office fire incidents during this time of year can be the result of holiday activities like cooking, decorating, social gatherings, burning candles, and consuming alcohol and cigarettes (maybe at holiday parties). When these increased activities are coupled with our daily busy schedules, visitors, and the many other distractions that occur in most offices, we pay less attention to fire hazards and, as a result, increase the risk of fire. To make your holiday season a little safer, here are a few safety precautions. Following these safety tips will help ensure a happy and safe holiday season for you and your co-workers:

Christmastime Safety tips

The careful decoration and maintenance of your Christmas tree can go a long way in making your holiday season safe and enjoyable.

• Before purchasing your tree check for freshness, do not purchase a tree that is dry or dropping needles. Few needles should fall when the tree is tapped on the ground. Needles should not bend or break and the trunk should be sticky to the touch with resin.

• Families should cut 2 to 4 centimeters off the bottom of the trunk on the diagonal placing the tree in water as soon as possible once getting it home. Place your tree in a sturdy tree stand designed not to tip over.

• Many trees have been dormant for a couple months, it’s typical for them to absorb most of their water within six to eight hours after being brought into a warm home. Trees that are kept fresh during the holiday season are much more difficult to ignite, which is why it is critical for consumers to commit to the care of their Christmas tree. If the water level falls below the cut surface for more than four to six hours, the tree’s ability to keep absorbing moisture is inhibited. Try to keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water daily.

• Make sure the tree is at least three feet (one meter) away from any heat source, such as fireplaces and radiators. Try to position the tree near an outlet so that cords are not running long distances. Do not place the tree where it may block exits.

• When decorating your tree, always use lights listed by a testing laboratory. Some lights are designed only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Larger tree lights should also have some type of reflector rather than a bare bulb.

• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use tree lights. Any string of lights with worn, frayed, or broken cords or loose bulb connections should not be used. Connect no more than three strands of push‐in bulbs and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw‐in bulbs.

• Always unplug Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

• Never use lit candles to decorate a tree, and make sure any lit candles in the room are placed well away from tree branches.

• Regularly check your tree for fresh, green needles. Trees that have dried out over several weeks burn faster than fresh, well‐watered trees. Remember to keep your tree watered at all times.

• Safely dispose of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried‐out trees are highly flammable and should not be left in a house or garage, or placed against the house.

• Children are fascinated with Christmas trees. Keep a watchful eye on them when around the tree and do not let them play with the wiring or lights. Store matches and lighters up high, out of reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.

• Always keep candles, as well as matches and lighters, out of the reach of children, and don’t leave children unattended in a room with lit candles.

• If you purchase an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled as fire‐retardant.

• Look for the holographic UL Mark on light strings and electrical decorations. The UL Mark means that UL engineers have tested samples of the product for safety hazards.

Green holographic UL Mark = Indoor‐only use

Red holographic UL Mark = Indoor and outdoor use

• Carefully inspect each electrical decoration ‐ new or old ‐ before plugging it in.  Cracked sockets, frayed, bare or loose wires can cause a serious electric shock or start a fire. Replace damaged items with new, UL‐Listed decorations.

• Take down holiday lights after 90 days of use to prevent damage from weather conditions and neighborhood animals and to extend their life.

Have a safe and wonderful Merry Christmas.

Contact S&S Sprinkler to talk safety for your company at sssprinkler.com, or call 251.473.6000 for any commercial fire sprinkler, alarm, notification, or security questions.

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S&S: Fire Safety And Common Sense Around Fireworks

The night has finally arrived for us to welcome in the New Year by celebrating with our loved ones and lighting up the sky with fireworks. While they are a beautiful and enjoyable addition to the celebration, we need to keep in mind that fireworks can be extremely dangerous. Every year, thousands of injuries occur due to lack of caution when using these. Let’s start out 2015 on the right foot by following these guidelines to keeping you and your family and friends protected during the celebration.

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Don’t use fireworks when the forecast calls for winds above ten miles per hour.

Don’t use fireworks when the forecast calls for winds above ten miles per hour.

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Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

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Observe local laws and use good common sense.

Observe local laws and use good common sense.

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Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; AWAY from buildings and vehicles.

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Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.

Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.

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Keep a bucket of water or a water hose nearby

Keep a bucket of water or a water hose nearby.

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Select an area free of dry grasses or other dead vegetation.

Select an area free of dry grasses or other dead vegetation.

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Have fun BUT ALWAYS BE SAFE!

Have fun BUT ALWAYS BE SAFE!

Don’t let a firework-related accident and injuries ruin your New Year’s Eve celebration. Just like you, fire protection experts and your local fire department want a relaxing holiday. Be smart, be safe, and enjoy the show. S&S hopes you use these safety tips and wishes you a happy and safe 2015.

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References and support:
http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/06/cpsc-science-fireworks-injuries-2013-update/ http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2013/New-CPSC-Fireworks-InjuryData/

 

The Business Costs Of Disruption From Office Fires

S&S_workplace_fire_protectionWorkplace fire safety is incredibly important and often neglected by companies. Fire Protection and safety is not only required by law, but is also smart business sense. You and your management need to take the time to focus on saving lives, property, and preventing extended business disruption from fire damage.

The cost of extended business disruption from an office fire:

1.  S&S_fire_businessYour customers and clients have to go to other vendors if you are not up and running in a timely manner.

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S&S_fire_employeelossYour workforce has to pay their bills. If you are not operational in a timely manner, your best employees – that you have invested in and trained – might be lost to your competitors.

3. S&S_fire_datalossCustomer sales, lead databases, payroll, & employee records. The information that drives your company could be lost forever or difficult to access.

Many businesses never entirely recover – losing orders, contracts, key employees or may go out of business resulting in lost jobs and services to the community. – Arson Prevention Bureau

While the real impact of fire is immense for most businesses, it is commonly catastrophic for smaller companies. Take a look at these facts:

S&S_fire_businessfail• 30% of all businesses that have a major fire go out of business within a year, and 70% fail within five years.
– Home Office Computing Magazine

 

S&S_fire_propertydamage• US fires consume $10 billion in property damage costs annually.
– Maine Municipal Association Risk Management Services (MMARMS)

Office and building fire protection has improved over the last 50 years. Unfortunately, they are still fairly common and are caused by the one thing almost all business have in their building.

S&S_fire_totalfires• 70-80,000 workplaces experience fire every year, causing disruption of business, a loss of valuable property.
– Maine Municipal Association Risk Management Services (MMARMS)

S&S_fire_employeecause• 85 percent of the fires that occur in commercial buildings are due to human error or intent.
– Maine Municipal Association Risk Management Services (MMARMS)

Conclusion:
A sound business audits and analyzes sales, finances, and operational data on a regular basis. Have you reviewed your buildings fire protection system and plans in the last 12 to 18 months? Remember, the safety of your employees and the life of your business depends on how prepared you are for a fire and a business disruption.

At S&S we can help you with an inspection of your current fire safety equipment, plan, and needs. If you need any modifications or maintenance, we can help you with that. If you need a new fire protection design for your commercial building, we would be happy to give you a consultation, estimate, and plan to properly protect your business.

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References and support:
http://fireemsleaderpro.org/2013/12/10/businesses-and-fire/
https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140428085106-1967426-the-80-myth
http://www.continuitycentral.com/feature0660.html