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

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/

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

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

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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http://cd2migration.att.com/
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/story

5 Reasons Your Company Needs A Security System

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Your office building is where you do business. Where you and your employees spend 40+ hours a week. It’s where all your business assets, valuables and money is located. Some think that a security system is too pricey. Well, how much is the safety of you and your employes, plus the health and security of your company worth.

If your business has an office, your office needs a security system. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Lower Insurance Premiums

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Lowering your business’ risk exposure and loss will help reduce claims. Your insurance company could offer a discount on your business insurance policy premiums if you have installed a qualified alarm and security system specifically made for your company or property. In some cases, companies will require installation prior to insuring your business.

2. Employee Piece Of Mind

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You want your employees to feel safe at work, while entering the property in the morning and when leaving the property at the end of their workdays. Security fears and measures delay work progress for employees. A confident and comfortable workforce is a more productive workforce.

3. Burglars Hate Them

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Burglars want easy targets to hit. Anything that makes a burglar/thief think twice before entering and robbing your building or business is a good thing. A visible security system is one of the simplest things your business can do to make them move on to a weaker target.

4. Internal Theft Deterrent

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It is estimated that 75–80% of all theft that occurs in a business is employee theft. An appropriate and visual security system is a good appearance and lets every employee/visitor know that your company, building and it’s resources are being monitored and protected.

 

5. Owner Piece Of Mind

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You have enough to worry about when you’re at your company much less on late evenings and weekends. You can’t stop every criminal but knowing you have installed a security system that can deter and help catch a burglar if something happens will help you relax when you can.

Fire and burglar/security alarms are the two most commonly installed systems in business and commercial buildings. An integrated security system is a smart investment into the immediate and long term goals for your business. S&S has been installing integrated security systems for years and would love the opportunity to discuss designing and installing the best security system for your business and commercial business needs.

For more information, a consultation,  or an estimate contact Justin Merrick here or call 1-800-443-5897.

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