S&S Values: 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.”

At S&S Sprinkler, we consider ourselves a lot more than mere coworkers. Our family is a team — a team who strives to be professionally, personally, and civically successful.

Working effectively as part of a team is extremely important when it comes to outputting quality work. Our main concern is keeping you safe, and our team, consisting of people who rely on, trust in, and learn from one another, ensures that this goal is accomplished.

Teamwork also keeps us motivated and boosts our morale as a company. When we’ve finished a job together that helps our community and our family of clients, our confidence grows — both in ourselves and in one another. We all have a common goal, and we love getting there together.

We have pledged to work as a team and to live by our 6 core values, not just to grow as a business, but to become better people. We encourage you to incorporate the value of teamwork into your daily lives, whether it’s at home or at the workplace. We are always excited about working together to keep you and your family or company safe.

Take a look at all of our values, and contact S&S to see how we can keep your business protected.

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Fired Up for Charity

S&S Sprinkler | Mobile, Alabama | Fired Up for CharityWhile the guys at S&S Sprinkler are mostly in the business of putting fires out, there’s one thing they do like to light a flame to— their barbecue smokers. And it’s not just because they like a good pork rib every now and then. S&S’s very own Leland Moore, Jr., Justin Merrick, Parks Moore, and Leland Moore Sr. have teamed up with friends David Lewis and Michael Dewberry in an effort to make a difference in the community with Fired Up, Inc.

The vision of Fired Up, Inc began when David’s friend was dying of leukemia at the age of 41. A large group of his friends and family got together with smokers and smoked BBQ to help raise money for David’s friend and his children. After that event, David decided to take this idea to the next level and had five of his friends join him on this road to helping others. Together, with the support of their families, these six buddies created Fired Up, Inc, a non-profit organization run by volunteers in the Mobile & Baldwin County area to raise funds to support other charities and individuals in need through something they love— BBQ.

Since this start of its journey, Fired Up, Inc has smoked over 2,976 ribs, and have raised over $89,280 for charity. They have benefited various charities such as American Cancer Society- Relay for Life, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude, Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention, Baldwin County Humane Society (BARC) and several other smaller charities in the Mobile & Baldwin County area. However, their passion is aiding those who are in need due to the large amount of expenses brought on by health issues.

“It’s not just about the cooking – the cooking is just a small part of it. The cooking brings attention to issue that a family or charity is having and we allow them to use the ribs as a catalyst to bring in more money,” says David.

Want to get involved? “We are always looking for volunteers. It’s a huge amount work with the prep work that has to be done and the wrapping and packaging,” says S&S’s Leland Moore, Jr. If you’re just one person looking to help the community or an entire group or organization, the guys at Fired Up, Inc would love to have you join them in their quest to help those in need.

At S&S, our mission isn’t just to keep our clients safe, but we also strive to give back to our community. Want to join us? Visit Fired Up, Inc’s facebook page or website if you’re interested in working with them, volunteering, or purchasing their amazing ribs.

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http://onemobile.org/resources/did-you-know/54b3f970dfd7890d00a483c4

http://www.firedupinc.net

5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Fire Safe Office

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A new year brings always brings about motivation for new improvements in our personal lives. But what about improvements in our workplace? Everyone can take measures to help promote a safe work environment, and making sure your office is as fire safe as possible is of utmost importance.

There are many potential fire-starting situations that can be avoided in the workplace by making sure a few guidelines are implemented and that everyone in the office is on the same page. Let’s make our office a fire safe environment in 2015 by incorporating the following guidelines into our New Year’s resolutions.

1.

Practice office-wide fire drills

Practice office-wide fire drills

Holding regular fire drills will ensure that employees know the proper evacuation routes and that they exit the building in a proper and timely fashion. Knowing where the exits are located and what to do in case of an emergency will give you and your employees peace of mind and will help them to keep calm in the event that a threatening situation were to occur. To properly conduct a fire drill, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: First create a safety committee with different team leaders from each department. Each team leader is responsible for making sure their team exits the building.

Step 2: Provide all employees with the evacuation routes and information. Different departments may have different evacuation paths, and it is important that everyone knows where to go in case of an emergency.

Step 3: Next, develop several fire drill scenarios to ensure everyone is prepared for different situations.

Step 4: For initial training, hold drills every two weeks, and then conduct them every three months is sufficient.

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Make sure all employees know where fire alarm pull stations and extinguishers are located

Make sure all employees know where fire alarm pull stations and extinguishers are located

When returning from the holiday vacation, hold a meeting for all employees or have each safety committee team leader make sure that each employee knows where the fire alarms and extinguishers are located. Also, have a demonstration of how both are used. Make sure all extinguishers are in their place and are up-to-date.

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Test the alarm system twice a year

Test the alarm system twice a year

Just like all other electronics and safety components, alarm systems can wear out, have glitches, or be compromised because of dust, dirt, or other contaminants. To ensure that your alarm system still operates and functions correctly, test it at least twice year. EC&M has summed up testing your alarm system in these five steps:

Step 1: Test and calibrate alarm sensors (flame and smoke detectors) per manufacturer specifications. This requires knowing about the different sensors and their testing requirements, failure modes, and re-installation requirements.

Step 2: Simulate inputs and test the annunciators. This requires specific knowledge of the system under test.

Step 3: Set sensitivity. This requires an understanding of the particular system, the specific application, and fire detection theory.

Step 4: Coordinate with fire department to test the input to their system.

Step 5: Check the battery for corrosion and expiration date, then take appropriate action, if necessary.

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Inspect fire sprinkler systems regularly

Inspect fire sprinkler systems regularly

The leading cause of substantial fire damage in buildings with a fire sprinkler system is from the sprinkler control valves being turned off. Sprinkler control valves should be examined every so often to ensure that they are locked in the wide open position. Sometimes, a sprinkler control valve is shut off to conduct repairs or maintenance. After the repairs are done, be sure to turn the valve back on. The NFPA suggests that a weekly visual inspection be done on unsupervised valves and monthly visual inspections of locked or supervised valves. Also, look for any leaks or anything else that looks out of the ordinary.

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Keep the office area clean and don’t allow trash and litter to accumulate unnecessarily.

Keep the office area clean and don’t allow trash and litter to accumulate unnecessarily.

A clean office isn’t just visually appealing and comfortable, but it also decreases the chances of fire. It has been proven that places that are unclean and have unnecessary clutter and litter are more of a fire hazard. Clean out old papers periodically, and make sure everyone is doing their job in keeping the office space clean, neat, and tidy.

If you have a dangerous situation that you are unsure how to correct, call S&S to help keep everyone safe. S&S is skilled in correcting dangerous work atmospheres, and making sure that businesses are as safe as possible right from the start.

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http://smallbusiness.chron.com/conduct-fire-drill-work-10444.html

http://ecmweb.com/content/fire-alarm-system-testing-inspection-and-maintenance

https://www.disastersafety.org/commercial_maintenance/fire-sprinkler-maintenance-and-operation-a-guide-for-small-business/

The 12 Work Days of a Safe Christmas

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Christmas is a time to put work aside and to spend quality moments with your loved ones. The last thing you want to do this holiday season is to worry about your office building’s safety when you’re celebrating the holiday. To keep you focused on the things that matter most and to give you peace of mind during Christmas, try putting into practice these twelve security and fire safety tips.

DAY 1

Avoid using candles in the workplace.

Avoid using candles in the workplace.

While the warm light and holiday scents of a candle can brighten the atmosphere of your office space, they are a hazard when it comes to fire safety. Today, there are several new products on the market that smell, feel, and look like real candles, yet they are battery operated and flameless. If using a candle is a must, keep it at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn easily, make sure it is in a stable holder where it cannot be knocked down, and never leave a burning candle unattended.

DAY 2

Be safe and smart when decorating with Christmas lights.

Decorating with Christmas lights adds holiday cheer to your work environment. Before doing so, inspect all stringed lights for broken cords, loose bulb connections, cracked sockets, and frayed or loose wires. Be careful with hanging lights not to damage the insulation on the wire. According to the NFPA, you should connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Always use a correctly sized and grounded cord that has been tested by UL or another independent testing lab. Avoid using extension cords when possible, and be sure to only use indoor lights when indoors and outdoor lights when needed outdoors.

DAY 3

Use caution while using space heaters in the office.

Use caution while using space heaters in the office.

You may need a personal heater to keep yourself warm at work during the holiday season, but make sure you are taking the proper precautions. Heaters should have a minimum of 18 inches of clearance on all sides and should be equipped with an automatic tip-over switch to shut the unit off if it is knocked over. For a more thorough list of space heater safety in the office, check out our office heater blog post here.

DAY 4

Turn off holiday lighting before leaving the office.

Turn off holiday lighting before leaving the office.

While you may want to display your lighted holiday decorations through the night, over the weekend, or through the holiday break, it is best not to leave these lights on unattended for an extended period of time.

DAY 5

Be aware that your fire sprinkler system pipes are at risk of freezing.

Be aware that your fire sprinkler system pipes are at risk of freezing.

Your wet pipe sprinkler systems are at risk of freezing during low temps, which could call for major business disruption and expensive and time-consuming repairs. Make sure your building maintains enough heat during extremely cold periods during the holiday season, especially when staff is out of the office for long periods of holiday and vacation time. Inspect your fire sprinkler system for any leaks or damages. To learn more about avoiding frozen fire sprinkler pipes, click here.

DAY 6

Make sure your building is well-lit when closed for the holidays.

Make sure your building is well-lit when closed for the holidays.

While your business is closed for the holidays, be sure to keep your building well lit— both inside and outside. Burglars are looking to invade seemingly vacant areas, so keeping some lights on at your place of business will reduce this risk.

DAY 7

Always arm your security system before you leave.

Always arm your security system before you leave.

If you have an alarm system at your place of business, be sure to arm it before you or any employees leave each night and especially before leaving for an extended period for the holidays. This will give you peace of mind which will help you focus on what really matters during the holidays.

DAY 8

Make sure your live Christmas tree does not dry out.

If you opt to buy a real Christmas tree for your office, check to see that it has fresh green needles and that the needles are difficult to pull out. This is an indication of a fresh, healthy tree. Dried-out Christmas trees are highly flammable, so make sure you water your tree at least once a day. This also keeps the tree from getting needles everywhere.

DAY 9

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Display alarm service decals on the outside of you building.

You may be worried about the protection of your building when you’re closed for a prolonged period of time over the holidays. To let potential criminals know that your business is protected, make sure you have decals of your alarm service visibly displayed on the outside of your building. A prominently displayed warning such as this can often stop a burglary before it starts.

DAY 10

Make sure your Christmas tree is not too close to a heating source.

Make sure your Christmas tree is not too close to a heating source.

According to a study by the NFPA, 20% of Christmas tree fires were caused by trees being too close to a heating source. Make sure your tree is at least three feet away from any heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles, heat vents, or lights. Doing so will prevent your tree from drying up quicker which would make it more likely to catch fire

DAY 11

Check the battery in your smoke alarm.

Check the battery in your smoke alarm.

Because of decorations and live trees, your building may be at a higher risk of fire during the holiday season. To ensure you and your employees are at their safest, check the battery in your smoke alarm weekly and make sure it is working properly.

DAY 12

Turn off all appliances when leaving for the holidays.

Turn off all appliances when leaving for the holidays.

Unless they’re made to stay on, make sure you switch off all electrical appliances at your workplace before you leave for the holidays. Always turn off and unplug Christmas lights before leaving the building overnight or over the holiday break.

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 this holiday season. Contact S&S Sprinkler to talk office fire safety at sssprinkler.com, or call 251.473.6000 for any fire sprinkler, alarm & office security questions.

The S&S family wants you and your employees to have a wonderful, happy, and safe holiday!

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https://www.northeast-security.com/blog/post/holiday-fire-safety-tips-for-homeowners

http://kralarmlink.com/christmas-home-security-tips/

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/christmas-tree-fires/christmas-tree-safety-tips

http://www.nsc.org/NSCDocuments/Holiday-Safety-Tips.pdf

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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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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What Does A Cow Have To Do With Fire Prevention Week?

SandS_fire_preventionweek._blog“One dark night, when people were in bed,
Mrs. O’ Leary lit a lantern in her shed,
The cow kicked it over, winked its eye, and said,
There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight.”

National Fire Prevention Week, started by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The fire began on Oct. 8th and continues until October 9th, 1871. The cost of the great fire:
• 250 deaths
• 100,000 homeless
• 17,400 structures destroyed
• 2,000 acres burned

Contrary to the “Moo Myth“, the fire WAS NOT caused by one of  Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s prize cows kicking over a lamp and setting the barn on fire. Well, experts have proven that it highly unlikely. Over the years historians and journalists have created many more theories:
• neighborhood boys sneaking cigarettes by the born.
• Mrs. O’Leary’s neighbor started the fire.
• A meteorite may have fallen to earth.

This fire (plus the fire in Peshtigo), regardless of the myths of how it started, has changes the way that fire fighters, city officials, and fire safety companies thought about fire safety.  In 1920, President Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day. This week is not observed with parades or festivities but with initiatives and public discussions about the importance of fire prevention.

This year’s public education message is about testing and maintaining a working smoke alarm.

It’s Fire Prevention Week—help us sound the alarm that working smoke alarms save lives.

2014FPW_500At S&S we take fire prevention very seriously, it’s as much our business as fire suppression.

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http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week/about-fire-prevention-week

http://www.thechicagofire.com/

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/09/mrs-olearys-cow-heated-debate/

http://www.peshtigofire.info/