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8 KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN RESEARCHING SENIOR LIVING OPTIONS

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February 1, 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota:

To meet the growing needs of the 75 million baby boomers and their aging parents, many new independent living communities are now connected to long-term care facilities. There are options to transition from independent living to assisted living as needed, skilled nursing services, memory care and hospice, all though the same senior living system.

It’s just a matter of time when you’ll be involved in researching the options about senior living for yourself, your spouse, your parents, a family member or a friend. When it comes time to consider senior living options, for yourself or your loved ones, safety is as important as affordability. Safety speaks to the quality of life at the community.

 
At Brothers Fire and Security encourage you to ask the following

7 WAYS TO SAFETY-CHECK YOUR VENDORS

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January 15, 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota:

We at Brothers Fire & Security believes that safety is paramount to our success. In fact, our current EMR safety rating is .86, which is amongst the industry’s best.

Like we do, I’m confident that you work hard to ensure that your employees and customers are in a safe, protected environment when it comes to your business. But what about your vendors, such as your monitoring entity, fire and security partner, electricians, roofers, plumbers, and drivers? Outside vendors can have an impact on your business in a both positive and negative ways.

No matter the size of your company or the vendor, it’s smart business to pay close attention to all of your vendor’s safety record. The best way to find that out is through online search

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KITCHEN HOOD MAINTENANCE

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January 1, 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota:

Happy New Year 2018! To kick off the new year, I thought I’d blog about the hundreds of kitchen hood systems we have installed, serviced and inspected over the years. Here’s what you need to know about them.

Let’s face it, a lot can go wrong in a commercial-grade kitchen where grease, smoke, and flame are “tools of the trade.” It may not always be top of mind, but kitchen fires are one of the most destructive and costly problems a restaurant, hotel or any business can experience. More often than not, a kitchen fire is made worse by non-compliant kitchen hood suppression systems. And the stats prove it.

Based on four-year survey data from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA),

10 REASONS TO COORDINATE ALL YOUR INSPECTIONS

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December 15, 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota:

Here’s a tough, real-life lesson in what can happen when companies don't coordinate inspections. A fire and sprinkler alarm system for one of our former clients was monitored and serviced by another company.

One day, the dry sprinkler system tripped because their current provider didn’t instruct them how to read the signs that the system needed to be serviced. The fire department came out, the monitoring company was called and didn’t answer, and when they did call back, the customer was given the wrong phone number.

    
If they were trained, the system wouldn’t have tripped, the fire department wouldn’t have needed to come out and they wouldn’t have the mess. The staff didn’t know how to drain their fire system because their current service provider never took the

IS YOUR SERVICE PROVIDER CHEAPER OR JUST CHEAP?

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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