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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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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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.

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.

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2G Office Security Alarm “Sunset” is coming.

S&S_security_systems_2g_sunsetYour existing office/building cellular security system service may be in jeopardy of being disrupted by the end of 2016. This isn’t new news but we wanted you to keep this top of mind and on your calendar. Starting sooner than later to plan to make your security needs transition will save you time, cost, and headaches.

AT&T, Verizon and other cell service carriers have formally announced its plan to discontinue 2G technology (see the difference between 2G and 3G technology) by the end of 2016. It has been reported that these 2G cellular towers are being disconnected. That means your 2G security system (if not updated) will be unable to connect to the monitoring towers and thus making your system obsolete.

Most manufacturers have come out with faster 3G or 4G cellular communication networks to replace their 2G counterparts and, for the most part, the actual upgrade itself will be fairly similar across the spectrum of products available. It’s imperative to look at these upgrades to ensure a safe workplace for your employees, property, and the success of your business.

These 2G changes are coming from the cellular providers, not your security company. Ask your cellular providers these questions:

  • Is my system using 2G technology?
  • When are the cellular carriers expected to rollout changes in my area?
  • What is the best timeline to update our security system?
  • Can I update my system in advance, or do I need to wait for a tiered rollout?
  • What new equipment needs to be purchased?
  • Will my cell service carrier provide any equipment for update?
What will my new cell service fees cost? (3G/4G faster services may be more costly than your 2G service)

Commercial building owners and managers, now is the time to be proactive: You may already know it’s time for security and/or fire alarm upgrade. If you are unsure if you are using 2G technology, or want to know what you need to bring your building’s alarm system up to date, please email S&S, or call 1.800.443.5897 for information or a plan of action for the newest and most compliant security systems available from S&S.

S&S Security – We are always looking out for our clients.

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S&S Sprinkler Tapped to Provide Crucial Fire Protection Infrastructure at Airbus.

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S&S is excited to announce that we’ve been selected to provide the fire protection infrastructure for the new Central Utilities Plant on the Airbus site in Mobile, Al. Airbus is building a new $600 Million aircraft final assembly line (FAL) plant with room for expansion.

“S&S is proud to be working with Brasfield & Gorrie, and the entire Honeywell team to provide the mission critical fire protection central functions, including the site fire pumps, water storage tanks and sprinkler systems for the Central Utilities Plant,” said Derick Boutwell, S&S Project Manager.  “We are honored to have been selected as one of, if not the first, fire protection contractor for the Airbus site.”

Charlotte Kopf, Manager for Mobile Section, Alabama Associated General Contractors said, “On behalf of the Mobile Section, AlabamaAGC we are excited to hear that S&S Sprinkler, a locally owned and operated company and member of AlabamaAGC, has been awarded the Fire Protection package at the Airbus Central Utilities Plant. Local participation is key to jump starting the sluggish construction market that has been predominant since 2008 in the Mobile area. On behalf of Mobile Section, Alabama AGC, congratulations to S&S Sprinkler for being awarded this project.”

Leland Moore, Sr.S&S Chairman of the Board states, “For 42 years, S&S has been a leader in the fire protection industry across the Gulf Coast.  Our selection reflects the expertise and service that our customers rely on each day. I couldn’t be more proud of our team and am looking forward to playing our part in building a facility that will change the face of aviation in the United States.”

S&S starts the Airbus Central Utilities Plant in Oct of 2013. Throughout the project we will keep you posted on news and status of this job.

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Fire Suppression Systems: Protecting and Preserving History

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We recently read an article, New Fire Suppression System Protecting Monticello, on NBC 29.com about Thomas Jefferson’s historic home, Monticello, upgrading the fire system to a state-of-the-art fire suppression system that will stop fires from spreading through the home. The new system will use alternative solutions to water so that precious and rare contents are not harmed by any water damage.

Historic buildings present real challenges and it’s important to plan and design any system correctly upfront. For instance, it may not always be the best choice to install a fire sprinkler system if the contents of the building are rare, historic, irreplaceable and sometimes priceless. We are often asked to provide alternative extinguishing systems that won’t use water, like Clean Agent suppression systems so that damage is minimized in case of use.

Read about the high risk of Fire Loss for Historic homes without any sprinkler or suppression system.

S&S Sprinkler has worked with historic properties in our past. Fort Conde Village is a Mobile, Alabama community of unique Victorian properties meticulously restored to their original design. Each building exudes the style and feel of nineteenth century. We used a Pre-Action Sprinkler System to protect the historic homes and their contents but a new problem presented itself. Due to the close proximity of the buildings to surrounding buildings, a potential of fire spreading was a problem. We had to design and install part of the suppression system on the outside of the building to protect the neighboring structures.

S&S has worked on many historic buildings, including

  • Ben May Main Branch Mobile Public Library
  • Christ Church Cathedral downtown Mobile  (oldest protestant church in Alabama)
  • Fort Conde Inn
  • Hall Ford House at Fort Conde village
  • Government Street Presbyterian Church
  • The Exploreum downtown

Each had their own problems and challenges but in the end we came up with a solution that worked for each important and unique property.

Looking for fire sprinkler or alarm solutions for historic homes or building that retains the integrity of the structure while ensuring the maximizing amount of security? Give S&S Sprinkler a call at 251.473.6000 or visit sssprinkler.com for more information when working with older landmarks and historic structures.

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New Wireless Changes Could Effect Your Fire Alarm And Notification System

AT&T is cutting the 2G network from their service starting 2016. This might be trouble for outdated fire alarm and notification systems.

According to the recent ESA E-Alert, AT&T is the first wireless carrier that has established a firm timetable for pulling the plug on outdated communications technology, setting a “sunset” deadline for discontinuation of its 2G network by Dec. 31, 2016. ESA wants your business to know an outdated alarm system will not work and emphasizes the need for security dealers to turn their attention to more advanced cellular alarm communications and data transmission.

In an Aug. 3 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), AT&T said it will gradually move exclusively to 3G and 4G networks and devices on a market-by-market basis as the date approaches.

This will effect major businesses because of fire alarm & notification systems that are attached to the already in place networks running on 2G. If your company has not already made the switch, we can help. S&S Sprinkler is certified in using technologically advanced equipment to design, install and service an integrated system that meets all industry, governmental and insurance company standards.

Contact or request a quote with S&S Sprinkler at sssprinkler.com, or call 251.473.6000 for any fire sprinkler, alarm & notification questions.

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