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

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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!

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http://www.bollingerinsurance.com/newver/golf/pdf/2007/106%20-%20Preventing%20Fire%20Sprinkler%20Freeze-ups.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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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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Always Here for Our Customers, Even in Times of Emergencies

At S&S Sprinkler, we not only make sure we are giving the best to our clients every day, but also during emergency situations. Tess Naceleicz of Security System News recently interviewed S&S business manager, Jeff McCurley, for her article, S&S weathers Isaac, focused on ‘doing it right’. “S&S Sprinkler Co. shut down its main office here for a day and also another office in Baton Rouge, La., for more than two days as Hurricane Isaac approached the Gulf Coast in late August…” Tess reports.

“It wasn’t too bad. We’ve had worse,” McCurley told Security Systems News. “There was a lot of flooding over in Louisiana and Mississippi but we’re lucky we didn’t get any of that.” Another thing McCurley talked of was S&S being named a Quality Contractor by the American Fire Sprinkler Association, an honor we are very proud of. In a recent article of Sprinkler Age Magazine, AFSA spoke of the rigorous requirements companies have to go through and qualify for to achieve this recognition. WIth 200 employees and 4 locations, keeping everyone up to date on their requirements and following the proper guidelines is a top requirement and being recognized for such hard work “is another feather in our hat”, as Jeff puts it.

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AFSA Quality Contractor Program: Good for Our Industry, Better for Our Business

In a recent article in Sprinkler Age Magazine, “Achieving Quality Contractor Recognition: Benefits Abound Through AFSA Program”, our own Jeff McCurley and Parks Moore commented on the benefits and hard work of being recognized by the AFSA Quality Contractor Program.

According to the article, the Quality Contractor program is used to publicly recognize and honor fire sprinkler contracting firms that have documented their commitment in four key areas of corporate responsibility: safety, training, quality of life, and industry and community relations.

“We use the logo on our website, brochures, and every piece of marketing we offer our customers,” says Jeff McCurley, S&S Sprinkler’s business manager. “While it was tough to achieve, it was well worth the process.”

The article states in addition to national and local recognition, contractors that receive this award can use the logo in bi documents, as well as letterhead, brochures, etc.

S&S’s Parks Moore also praised the benefits of the program stating, “We’ve received national recognition from AFSA for our participation in the program. It has definitely been worth the process and we plan to renew our application. I would recommend it to other contractors.”

Read the article here for more information.

To learn more about the application process, contact Jeff McCorley, jeff.mccurley@sssprinkler.com or Parks Moore, parks.moore@sssprinkler.com.

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Regulation Changes Effecting Our Industry – E. Parks Moore

NFPA 25, is the Standard for the inspection, testing and maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, and the development of the 2014 edition is in full swing, according to Sprinkler Age magazines recent article, Don’t Just Sit There – Get Involved by Russ Leavitt, C.F.P.S., S.E.T.

We asked our own Parks Moore his thoughts on changes to regulations that effect the industry:

How often do changes to the NFPA regulations need to be made?

All of the standards go through regular cycle changes. Most are on a three year or five year change cycle. Several of the major standards that affect our industry have either just completed the revision cycle or are well into it.

The article states proactive contractors are involved in the making of the standard. How does this apply to S&S Sprinkler?

I agree with the article. It is important for contractors to get involved. However, the opportunity is not just limited to contractors; anyone can submit comments as the article states. Changes to the standards can potentially effect installers, manufacturers, building owners, and AHJs.

In the article it says proposals are open for public comments. Have you or anyone else at S&S Sprinkler made change proposals or commented on suggested proposals? 

We did not submit comments on proposals to NFPA 25 for this revision cycle but we did submit proposals to both NFPA 15 and NFPA 13. I just submitted an article about the recent changes to NFPA 15 that will be published in Sprinkler Age Magazine in either August or September. S&S has employee representation on four of the NFPA standard committees in cooperation with trade organizations that we are involved with.

How do you keep your employees educated on the changes in regulations? 

S&S allocates significant resources every year towards employee training and continuing education. Much of this includes classes in updates to the NFPA standards. Online seminars offered by the American Fire Sprinkler Association are a great way to keep up with these changes.

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