November 1st, 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- Frozen pipes are one of the leading sources of property damage when the temperature drops.
- Frozen water exerts 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on a pipe.
- Just a 1/8-inch crack in a frozen pipe can spew hundreds of gallons of water an hour, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.
In case you need a science refresher, water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal and plastic pipes. Simply put, no matter the strength of a pipe, expanding water can cause pipes to crack or
October 15th, 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
The calendar has flipped over to October, and like it or not, winter lurks around the corner. It’s the time of year when we’re switching on the furnaces, which increases smoke, fire and carbon monoxide risks. October has long been designated by the National Fire Protection Association as Fire Prevention Month to jog our memories to evaluate fire systems to make sure they are inspected, maintained and working properly.
To be clear, I’m talking about more than just climbing a step ladder and replacing batteries in smoke detectors in all of your locations. I’ve put together useful information into what I call “Smoke Detectors 101” as a guide to the all-important annual checkup of your fire and carbon dioxide safety systems.
October 1st, 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
They’re called Life Safety Services—fire alarms, sprinklers, extinguishers, security and monitoring services—because they save lives, as well as property. Often, implementing those services in your business or residential properties is done through several vendors, which may appear to be a better financial “deal.” But in fact, too many vendors for your fire and security services may be costing you money.
THE VALUE OF REVIEWING YOUR VENDORS
A periodic review of your vendors and services is a smart practice for every business. Yet businesses tend to avoid the task. I’ve heard the excuses: Property managers are afraid to consider making changes because they don’t want to upset the apple cart. Management companies look for ways to cut expenses and strengthen service levels so a
September 15th, 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
Your business is unique. In fact, it’s one of kind, and your fire and security system should reflect that. As we head into fall, now is a good time to evaluate your system. Is it meeting the specific needs and goals of your business? Are there issues that need constant attention that cut into your productivity? What can you do to make sure your system is up to speed? Do you have confidence that it will perform as it should when the time comes and give you the data or information you need to solve problems or resolve issues?
The first step to getting answers to your questions is a consultation with your fire and security team. Brothers Fire & Security stands ready to evaluate your needs. Our experts can
September 1st, 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
Today’s security challenges have brought the safety of people and property to new levels of awareness. Industries that include schools, restaurants, multi-family housing complexes, and senior living communities all need protection. Every business, regardless of size and location, now requires more security systems and monitoring than ever before.
DID YOU KNOW:
- 64 percent of small businesses are victims of employee theft, resulting in losses of $25,000 to $33,000 per minute
- Approximately 75 percent of employees steal (usually office supplies)
- There are approximately 27 million shoplifters (or 1 in 11 people)
- Over 1.5 million burglaries occurred in 2015; 28.4 percent of those were retail, costing businesses $800 million in retail property losses