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!

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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.

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Office Safety Tips: Space Heaters

SS_firesafety_spaceheater_Header_blogCooler weather is upon us and that means more PORTABLE HEATER use in the office. This is the time to take the time to give a closer look at any portable heating appliances that may be in use in the workspace. Heaters should be in good condition and used in a manner they were intended for. Some of the requirements for use of portable heaters in the workplace are as follow:

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Use of portable heaters must be approved by the company. Also make sure approval comes from the Fire Department, and consult with the business owner to ensure the electric circuitry is adequate.

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Heaters must be approved for each location in the office. If a heater is moved it must go through the approval process again.•

 In the workplace, the use of heaters fueled by flammable or combustible liquids is prohibited.

In the workplace, the use of heaters fueled by flammable or combustible liquids is prohibited.

Heaters must be labeled by an approved testing laboratory such as Factory Mutual (FM) or Underwriters Laboratory (UL)

Heaters must be labeled by an approved testing laboratory such as Factory Mutual (FM) or Underwriters Laboratory (UL)

• Portable heaters must be equipped with an automatic tip over switch to shut the unit off if it is knocked over

Portable heaters must be equipped with an automatic tip over switch to shut the unit off if it is knocked over.

Heaters must have a minimum of 18 inches of clearance on all sides.

Heaters must have a minimum of 18 inches of clearance on all sides.

DO NOT plug portable heaters into modular furniture. Most system furniture does not have electrical wiring designed to handle the eletrical load of a space heater.

DO NOT plug portable heaters into modular furniture. Most system furniture does not have electrical wiring designed to handle the electrical load of a space heater.

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Portable heaters are prohibited in health care facilities, with the exception of non-sleeping staff and employee areas. When used in these areas the heating elements are limited to producing no more than 212 F. (Check the manufacturer’s label).

Plus, make sure all your smoke detectors are fully operational by testing them on a monthly basis. Have a office evacuation plan in place and PRACTICE that plan before any emergency occurs. Don’t wait until you have a fire to find out that the plan doesn’t work. Keep an extinguisher or a supply of sand on hand to control flames if the flames get too large. Read instruction on how to use your extinguisher properly and never apply water to a hot stove or chimney as thermal shock can cause damage.

Have a warm and safe office this winter.

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Teamwork and Pride: Doing the small things for a big difference

S&S_COMMUNITY_headerOne of S&S’s six core company values is TEAMWORK.

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This is the ability of employees to unselfishly communicate, cooperate, and support each other and to compromise when necessary in an effort to achieve a greater outcome. The spirit of teamwork needs to be visible.

Our S&S team members and work crews recently informed management that they were tired of seeing old tires and trash in the gullys and ditches when they drove into work everyday. So instead of waiting for someone else to do it, the S&S family found time early on Nov. 11th, 2014 to clean up Burden Road. Our family is a team – a team that we work on to be professionally, personally and civically successful. Thanks S&S family and crew for your proactive and diligent stand to not just pay lip service to helping out but actually getting something done.

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Now we know this isn’t a huge project. However, we feel that doing the right things (even if small), everyday, and with purpose will make a big difference in our community and help build one fantastic team. GO TEAM S&S!

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Scary Simple Fire Safety Halloween Tips

S&S_hallo_header_blogHalloween is a time for scary fun, not a nightmare. Halloween is a busy time for fire system experts and firemen. According to the NFPA:
During the five-year-period of 2006-2010, NFPA estimates that decorations were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 1,000 reported home structure fires per year. These fires caused an estimated average of six civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries and $16 million in direct property damage per year.

Below are some simple fire safety and fire protection tips to keep you, your co-workers, and your little goblins safe during the trick or treat season.

Fire Safety Halloween Tips:

1. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily catch fire.
S&S_hallo_costume_blog2. Use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern instead of a flame.

3. Supervise children at all times when open flames are used in Jack-O-Laterns or any other hallloween decorations.

4. Use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter when lighting a Jack-O-Latern.

5. Keep lit traditional pumpkins away from anything that can catch on fire like drapes and linens.
S&S_hallo_pumpkins_blog6. Keep lit traditional pumpkins well away from trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.

7. Remember to keep doors and fire exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
S&S_hallo_decorations_blog8. Remind children to stay away from open flames.

9. Make sure children know how to stop, drop and roll if their costume catches fire.

10. Use flashlights or led lights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards.

From our S&S family to your – HAVE A FUN, SAFE and SPOOKY HALLOWEEN.

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Growing Our Family Of Fire Protection And Security Services

 

SS_CORE_businessS&S is a true family business that offers a true “one-stop shop” for your commercial fire protection and security systems. From custom design, fabrication and installation, to inspection, and ongoing maintenance. With four offices strategically located throughout the southern gulf coast, we are uniquely positioned to meet all of your needs.

Our Family Business

1. Commercial Automatic Fire SprinklersSS_automatic_sprinklers_coreWe design, install, inspect and service a complete line of automatic fire sprinkler systems.

  • Wet Sprinkler Systems
  • Dry Sprinkler Systems
  • Pre-Action Sprinkler Systems
  • Deluge Sprinkler Systems
  • Foam Systems
  • Standpipes
  • Fire Mains
  • Fire Hydrants
  • Fire Pumps
  • Storage Tanks
  • Fire Hoses
  • Fire Cabinets
  • Fire Monitor

2. Commercial Fire Suppression Systems
SS_fire_suppression_coreS&S has the experience and knowledge to design, install, and maintain the most effective and safest fire suppression systems for your business or industry.

  • Computer Rooms
  • Data Centers
  • Server Rooms
  • MCC
  • Switchgear Rooms
  • Kitchen Hoods
  • Paint Booths
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Industrial Vehicles
  • Marine Engine Rooms

3. Commercial Fire Alarm & Detection
SS_fire_fire_alarm_detection_core_blogWhen fire alarm and detection systems are properly designed and integrated with the new or existing elements of your emergency response it significantly reduces property damage, personal injuries, and loss of life from fire in the workplace. Bottom line: our system functions to quickly identify a fire, alert building occupants, and contact emergency response personnel as soon as possible to minimize property damage, business disruption and create a safer workplace environment.

  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Mass Notification
  • Campus Mass Notification
  • Voice Evacuation
  • Gas Detection
  • Smoke & Heat Detection
  • Remote Station Monitoring

4. Commercial Integrated Security
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Making sure your security system fits your specific needs and ensuring compatiblity with your fire protection system is a must. S&S is a leader in the security industry. With our extensive background in fire protection, making sure your fire safety systems are compatible is never an issue. Using the most advanced technology, your S&S security team can create a customized and integrated security system that is reliable, convenient, efficient & cost-effective.

  • Access Control Solutions
  • Intrusion Security Solutions
  • Electronic Video Surveillance Systems
  • Remote Monitoring Solutions
  • Integrated Security Solutions

At S&S we can assist you with an inspection of your current fire safety equipment, plan, and needs. If you need any modifications or maintenance. 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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New S&S Look, Same S&S Quality

With a record of exceptional, quality work for the past 42 years, S&S Sprinkler is happy to bring a more unified look to our brand. As the needs of our consumers grow, so does our business. That is why we are unifying all of our life safety & security products under one brand.

S&S is more than just a sprinkler company. We offer our clients not only wet & dry fire sprinkler systems, but also Fire Pumps, Engineered Suppression Systems, Portable Extinguishers, Alarm & Detection, Cameras, Access Control and much more. That is why we are proud to present our new logo.

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In our new logo is the familiar colors and styles of S&S with a new updated appearance. The logo is 3-in-1 and represents our main focus areas: a water drop, for fire suppression; a flame, for detection and controls; and a shield, for safety and security.

For more information, please contact Justin Merrick at Justin.Merrick@sssprinkler.com.

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