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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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.

3.

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.

4.

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/

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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www.good4utah.com

www.nfpa.org

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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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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