December 15, 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
Here’s a tough, real-life lesson in what could happen when you don’t coordinate inspections. A fire and sprinkler alarm system for one of our clients was monitored by another company. One day, the dry sprinkler system was tripped, but when staff called the monitoring company they discovered they had been given a wrong phone number. The staff didn’t know how to drain their fire system because the monitoring service never took the time to train them. The fire department had to be called in for what had become an emergency. To make things worse, the system froze overnight and it took days to thaw and then drain it. The result of this mess? Hours were wasted, the system was out of operation for several days, and it cost thousands of dollars to repair.
December 1, 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
I have a question for you: Is your service provider really cheaper or just cheap?
We understand that all businesses want to cut costs and budgets can be tight. But when emergencies happen or unexpected problems arise, cutting corners teaches you a big—and sometimes a costly lesson that not all vendors are created equal. In other words, you get what you pay for.
One of our former church clients learned that lesson the hard way. They left Brothers Fire and Security five years ago for what they thought would be a slightly cheaper service provider. When the first frost hit recently, a drum drip froze and broke a dry sprinkler head in the fire suppression system. This lead to an emergency Sunday service call at double time
November 15, 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
We know that fire protection and security systems events can happen any time of the day or night. Alarms can get triggered, sprinkler systems can get activated, or card access controls can malfunction to name just a few of the possible situations that can arise. New staff might be faced with issues that they have not yet been trained how to handle, or there might be an unidentified person by the refuse area that gets noticed through security cameras.
When it comes your fire and security needs, no two companies or situations are ever the same. What matters is that you have a very responsive monitoring company to call when you need it. This can make all the difference in case of an emergency or situation that needs to get
November 1, 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
Moving to a new community or changing day care providers isn’t easy for any family. It takes meticulous research to make sure that you’re making the right choice. You’ve spent hours doing your homework, evaluating pricing, location, programming, and child-staff ratios. Yet, as you unbuckle your child from the car seat, you wonder if you’ve covered all the important details to make sure your little one is safe.
Whether shopping for a new day care or reviewing your current situation, make sure that the day care is looking after your child’s safety and security as the #1 priority.
October 15, 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
The brilliant fall colors enhance our beautiful Minnesota’s lakes, and the countryside, and cityscapes are reminders that another winter is lurking just around the corner. Since winter is the season when the potential for structure fire increases, it’s essential to have your facility’s fire suppression system ready to extinguish or prevent the spread of fire.
Making sure your system is fully operational and prepped for cold weather is imperative to prevent sprinkler pipes from freezing. Inspections ensure valves will operate in case of fire, drains are clear, and antifreeze systems are at the right level.