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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S&S Sprinkler Soaring High with 2014 Airbus Project

2014 was quite an exciting year for S&S. We had the privilege of providing the fire protection infrastructure for the new Central Utilities Plant on the Airbus site in Mobile.

The $600 million Airbus aircraft assembly plant is a game-changing project for, not just Mobile, but for the entire region. During its construction period alone, it has created more than 3,000 jobs in the area. “Alabama has the best workforce you’ll find anywhere in the U.S.,” Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier said. “When Airbus aircraft take to the skies, our pride and workmanship will soar along with them.”

The plant, which is projected to have a $61 million annual payroll at full capacity, will have an annual economic impact of $409 million on Alabama’s economy. The majority of that money will benefit our very own Mobile County, which was projected to see an additional $348 million in annual economic activity when the plant reaches full employment.

“We [were] honored to have been selected as one of, if not the first, fire protection contractor for the Airbus site,” said Derick Boutwell, S&S Project Manager.

We also had the pleasure of using Victaulic products on the Airbus site. Their easy-to-install products allowed us to work through the job quickly and efficiently. Using their state-of-the-art designs is always a great solution for any job we work, especially those with a tight construction schedule.

S&S has been the leader in the fire sprinkler protection & security industry across the Gulf Coast for 42 years, and it was an honor to work on a project that will change the economy of the state of Alabama and the face of aviation for the entire country. Leland Moore, Sr., S&S Chairman of the Board stated, “Our selection reflects the expertise and service that our customers rely on each day. I couldn’t be more proud of our team…”

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http://blog.al.com/live/2012/07/airbus_mobile_its_official_-_b.html

http://www.victaulic.com/zh-cht/our-company/case-studies/airbus-final-assembly-line/

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!

S&S does more than just design and install fire sprinkler systems. We can also inspect, maintain, and repair when necessary.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2838901/Second-polar-plunge-bring-record-November-chills-South.html

http://www.gowrie.com/pdfs/PreventingSprinklerSystemFreeze-Ups.pdf

http://www.bollingerinsurance.com/newver/golf/pdf/2007/106%20-%20Preventing%20Fire%20Sprinkler%20Freeze-ups.pdf

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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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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