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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S&S – National Burn Awareness Week

SS-BurnAwarenessWeek-BLOGFebruary 1st-7th, 2015 is National Burn Awareness Week, seven days dedicated to raise awareness of the hazards of burns, fires, and scalding. The focus of this first week in February is to make known the measures of preventing future burn and scalding incidents. Since we at S&S are in the business of preventing fires, it is very important to us to make sure you and your business, building, workers, and families are safe, healthy, and burn-free. That is why we are dedicated to participating in efforts that bring awareness to the prevention and hazards of burns and to donate funds to those treating burn-related injuries.

In 2012, The Alabama Fire Sprinkler Association led by S&S Sprinkler Co.’s Leland Moore, Sr. presented a check for $15,000 to the USA Burns Center on behalf of the Tony Bice Memorial Golf Tournament. This is an annual AFSA sponsored fundraising golf tournament in Birmingham that benefits the three burns centers in the State of Alabama.

Tony Bice worked for Guntersville Fabrication, a leading producer for automatic fire sprinkler systems, for nearly 20 years and dedicated his life to protecting people and buildings from fires until his death in 1993. In 1994, the Tony Bice Memorial Golf Tournament was established in honor of his commitment to helping others, his love for golf, and to raise funds for the USA Burn Centers in Alabama. Over its history, the tournament has donated more than $1.1 million to burn centers in Alabama.

We are delighted that we can be a part of this fundraiser, and are proud to have our very own Leland Moore, Sr. mentioned on a plaque at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. It reads:

Much Of The Equipment, Electronics, And Furnishing

In This Burn Center Have Been Purchased By Donations

From The Alabama Fire Sprinkler Association

With The Tony Bice Memorial Golf Tournament.

It Is With Deepest Appreciation And Gratitude

To These Friends That We Dedicate This Plaque.

We are Especially Grateful To Leland T. Moore, Sr. and Danny Dunaway For Their Tireless Efforts And Dedication

To The Care Of Burn Patients.

If you would like to join us in supporting National Burn Awareness week and the Annual Tony Bice Memorial Golf Tournament, visit http://www.alfiresprinkler.org/tonybice.html.

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Extinquishing Factory Fire Risks

S&S_manufacturing_fire_risk_headerWhile doing some research we found this great article (on manufacturing.net by the Zurich Insurance Group) on the importance in creating a pre-fire plan in manufacturing plants and warehouses. According to Cindy Slubowski, vice president and head of manufacturing at Zurich, a commercial property and casualty insurance provider. “Most fires are preventable, and the risks can be reduced dramatically.”
S&S_manufacturing_fire_quoteZurich North American goes on to write and recommend (S&S couldn’t agree more) that factory owners and plant managers take these five important steps to help prevent and decrease future fire risk:

1) Gather information – Accumulate property and tenant data. Note any unoccupied floors, alarm system details, hydrant availability, information on fire protection equipment and heating and cooling systems, and quantities and locations of hazardous materials. List all tenant locations and their contact information, descriptions of their businesses, hours of operation, when they are on site, and if they have employees with specific rescue needs.

2) Document and publish information – Develop written plans that are easy to understand, accessible and regularly updated. Include property and tenant data, as well as maps and diagrams that reflect the building’s construction (size, height and fire-rated walls) and the surrounding property’s configuration. Include blueprints, floor plans and aerial photographs. Publish the information in binders, on your server and in the cloud for electronic access.

3) Host building walk-throughs – Periodically invite the fire department to visit. Direct knowledge of a building may help save lives and minimize damage. Inspections and walk-throughs are especially important in complex buildings and neighborhoods predominantly served by volunteer firefighters because officers frequently change.

4) Practice, practice, practice – Conduct regular drills to teach employees exit strategies in the event of a fire. Everyone should know how to safely reach the exits during an evacuation. Employees should meet outside at a pre-determined location so a head count can be taken.

5) Assign tasks – Owners and occupants are just as vital to a pre-fire plan as fire departments. Appoint fire wardens who will evacuate building occupants during a fire. Also appoint people likely to be in the building at all hours to notify the fire department in an emergency.

Click here to read full article on manufacturing.net

The NFPA estimates that it costs U.S. Plants 1 billion dollars a year in fire loss. At S&S we agree with Zurich that consulting with your insurance provider (and your fire protection company), installing the proper fire sprinkler / suppression system and committing to implementing a comprehensive fire prevention and safety plan is smart for employee safety, property protection, and your financial bottom line.

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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/

Want A Smart House? Get The DMP App

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Don’t you hate it when you get to work and then can’t remember if you actually locked your front door? Or turned on the alarm system? Maybe you just forgot to turn off your lights? But then it’s even worse when you go back home to check on these things and realize you did actually lock your door, turn on the alarm system, and turn off the lights.

Well, with the DMP App offered by S&S Sprinkler those worrisome reflections are a thing of the past. Amongst many other things, the app allows you to control your home (or business’) alarm system from your iPhone or Android. For your house, you have the option to set the alarm to home, sleep, all, or perimeter, depending on what you’re doing- or not doing- there.

And if you have the Z-Wave system, which gives you a “smart home,” you can control just about everything with the DMP App. You can lock and unlock doors, adjust the thermostat, turn on and off lights, or even dim dimmer lights. And then you can create “favorite” places. In these favorite places, you pick a room and choose what electrical devices to include from lists that you create. You then set the settings for that room, so that next time, with just a click, you can set your lights and thermostat to just how you like it. Pretty cool, right?

But if that wasn’t descriptive enough, the system gets even more specific. You can take a picture of a room, and then adjust things by touching the item in the picture. That’s about as easy as it gets.

What also makes this app really cool, is that it’s really user-friendly. It’s not set up so that you have to click on 1,000,000 buttons before you actually figure out how to turn off your kitchen light. You can see what you’re turning off in the visual room setting, and you can name the light in the word-button portion of the app to avoid even a little bit of confusion.

Everything makes more sense when you watch it in real life. Check out this video, and then call up S&S Sprinkler to talk with us about the DMP App.

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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.

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Your Office Security & Sprinkler System: Is It Prepared for a Storm? Part 1

Unfortunately bad weather doesn’t discriminate against your company or building. Is your alarm system for your property ready for a possible hurricane heading towards the coast? It might be time to check your systems battery backup and your Sprinkler System’s air compressor.

Alarm Systems have backup batteries that allow for the system to function even when building loses power. Batteries typically only last 5 years before needing replacement and we often forget to have them checked. With severe storms coming, now would be a good time to get them checked.

Not only is it important to check your alarm systems but also the sprinkler system in the event of a fire.

Many fire sprinkler systems are “dry” and they use an air compressor to pump air into the piping system. Often, when power goes out for long periods of time, the air pressure can drop in the pipe and water will fill the pipe. If you have concerns about your dry-pipe sprinkler systems, call us or your Sprinkler System provider.

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