Two Security Scenarios, Two Very Different Solutions

Two Security Scenarios, Two Very Different Solutions

Every business and location have unique security criteria to consider. There’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” situation to protect your people and your property. Security needs change over time due to a variety of reasons. As a result, new solutions need to be deployed to effectively meet demand.

This blog takes a look at two of our clients, their needs and real-life security issues and their different solutions.

Security Needs Change at a Prominent Hotel

COVID and local security issues changed access control needs at the hotel. It’s also going through renovations after being closed during the pandemic. There are three ways to access the hotel: the skyway and two street entrances. Currently, the doors are locked from the outside, which means there’s no access to the general public. There’s a doorbell that’s monitored at the front desk, but there’s no way to open the door without leaving the front desk. The only way to access the hotel is through the valet or with a room key.

The hotel’s solution to access issues is upgrading the current wiring and battery life of the commercial doors. To accommodate the updated access requirements, new hard-wiring needs to be developed. Once that is completed with the technical expertise of Brothers Fire & Security, the hotel will be ready. With the hockey season starting soon, and other event venues opening, the hotel plans a “soft” reopening this month with complete access to meet the needs of guests, the public and employees.

Security Cameras, Data Storage and Multi-Family Housing

Data storage and access issues often change over time. Outdated technology can be a challenge due to older systems. Cameras may be functioning, but the data may not be secured or accurate for current needs.

A camera is not just a camera. There are different kinds of cameras to address various needs, times of day, distance and other criteria. The quality of images can make all the difference when forensic data is needed to effectively manage risk. For example, rural areas have different lighting needs than urban areas which have more available light. Camera selection is all about what you need to see. Data storage is all about how the information is stored and accessed.

A multi-family housing client had a 15-year-old security system that no longer met their needs. In fact, the person who installed the DVR actually locked out anyone else from the system. Complicating the problem, the person was no longer employed by the property management company.

Issues that the client had to consider were:

  • Who is monitoring the footage that’s being recorded?
  • Where is the data being stored?
  • Are the images being captured useful or are they blurry?
  • Is there sufficient lighting to capture images as needed for security data?
  • Are the swimming pool areas adequately covered by the available lighting?

Based on these issues the client needed a security proposal to address:

  • The need for new technology.
  • Four cameras were no longer sufficient.
  • An obsolete router.
  • The old DVR was running on obsolete technology.
  • New software is available, but the old DVR system was not compatible.

Our Solutions

Brothers Fire & Security doesn’t make suggestions until we do a full analysis. Our technicians are experts in making sure that solutions meet a wide variety of criteria for each client. We present as many options as possible, and guide clients in making informed decisions about what’s going to work best, short- and long-term.

We sent technicians to the hotel and the apartment complex to properly assess their current systems. They made recommendations based on the clients’ needs and budgets. Obviously, their needs and solutions are very different. But the goal and outcome are the same: To keep people and buildings safe and secure.

As your long-term strategic partner, Brothers Fire & Security will provide the experience, recommendations and solutions you need using the latest technology. Our ongoing analysis will evaluate how your current systems are working and what may be missing.

Call us at 800-607-2767 and we’ll evaluate your system to develop a plan that fits your needs and budget.

Stephen Cieslukowski, President Brothers Fire & SecurityAbout Brothers Fire & Security

As one of the premier providers of fire and security solutions in the Upper Midwest, Brothers Fire & Security strives to build long-term, value-added relationships. We work with business owners and property management companies, as well as all types of public institutions to solve fire and security needs. By taking advantage of our integrated bundled services, many of our clients find that they can save 25-30% on their safety services, annual inspections and more. From a single location to franchises throughout the region and the country, our integrated approach saves our clients valuable time, money, and stress. We provide fire protection systems, security systems, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, 24-7 monitoring, fire extinguishers, card access and kitchen hoods. We also provide our Online Academy: Life Safety — Made Simple with eLearning courses designed to help you get and keep your staff trained and your business fire and security code compliant.

Two Recent Emergency Response Situations

Two Recent Emergency Response Situations

What happens when there’s an emergency? While all situations are different, one thing is for sure: There’s not a lot of time to respond.

How does Brothers Fire & Security respond? When we say we’re there for you 24-7, we mean it. Over the past year, we’ve responded to 325 emergency calls. Here are just two examples from the last 30 days on how we responded to emergency situations.

Scenario #1 – Gas Station Fire

A car fire at a gas pump at a station in a northern suburb was called in to 911. Obviously, a car fire at a gas pump can be catastrophic, so quick thinking and quick response was crucial.

Staff from the convenience store, who we trained on fire extinguisher use in the spring, ran out with extinguishers while waiting for emergency assistance. The fire department responded quickly. The fire was extinguished, and location secured without injury or substantial property damage.

Brothers Fire & Security was notified through our 24-7 answering service. I responded immediately and brought replacement fire extinguishers to the location.

Other extinguishers were recharged and delivered the next day.

Bottom line: The gas station’s employees were certified in fire extinguisher use. They knew how to respond and did a quick and effective job.

Scenario #2:  Multi-Family Complex Fire

An early morning weekend balcony fire broke out at a 100+ multi-family unit complex in a western suburb. The cause? A main floor resident had been cooking on a hibachi the night before and the coals were not properly put out. The hibachi was close to the outside wall on the balcony and the coals set fire to the siding. A dry sprinkler head in the balcony wall, part of the system installed by Brothers Fire & Security, put out the fire. The situation could have been so much worse!

Again, we responded right away to start the sprinkler head replacement process. Our techs also checked the entire system to make sure it would be ready for future fire prevention.

Lessons Learned

First, let’s start with Fire Prevention 101. All grills, even hibachis, should be placed well away from outside walls, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. And make sure the coals are properly put out!

Second, employees who know how to respond quickly can save lives and potential property damage. Everyone on your staff needs to be certified and well-trained to act in any emergency, whether it be a fire, robbery, security breach, or other crisis. Being prepared is everyone’s responsibility. In fact, it builds a safety-conscious company culture.

Yet with issues like staff growth and promotions, building expansions, risk management, and changes in technology and state laws, many of our customers have told us that it’s challenging to keep staff trained and in compliance.

That’s where our online academy, Life Safety Made Simple, comes to the rescue. Courses are designed to be convenient, affordable and based on your needs. They meet OSHA compliance requirements for all staff without travel. The courses can lower training costs and increase successful compliance ratios.

Courses include:

  • How to Effectively Use Fire Extinguishers
  • How to Build an Effective Safety Plan
  • Know Your Life Safety Equipment, and
  • How to Inspect Emergency Lights and Systems.

Brothers Fire & Security is committed to provide ongoing training options for our clients and the industry at large. For more about our online academy, visit www.lifesafetymadesimple.com or call 800-607-2767.

Stephen Cieslukowski, President Brothers Fire & SecurityAbout Brothers Fire & Security

As one of the premier providers of fire and security solutions in the Upper Midwest, Brothers Fire & Security strives to build long-term, value-added relationships. We work with business owners and property management companies, as well as all types of public institutions to solve fire and security needs. By taking advantage of our integrated bundled services, many of our clients find that they can save 25-30% on their safety services, annual inspections and more. From a single location to franchises throughout the region and the country, our integrated approach saves our clients valuable time, money, and stress. We provide fire protection systems, security systems, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, 24-7 monitoring, fire extinguishers, card access and kitchen hoods. We also provide our Online Academy: Life Safety — Made Simple with eLearning courses designed to help you get and keep your staff trained and your business fire and security code compliant.

Back to School: Getting Life Safety Systems Ready

Back to School: Getting Life Safety Systems Ready

Going back to school looks more normal this year as we start to put COVID behind us. After months of online or hybrid learning, most schools are gearing up for all in-person classes. Teachers are preparing lesson plans, facilities teams are on-site, parents and kids are shopping for school supplies, and after-school activities and sporting events are ramping up.

Not to be overlooked in back-to-school preparations are the life safety, fire and security systems that have been closed off or dormant for over a year. Getting systems up to code is required. Now’s the time to have them inspected, repaired as needed, and certified before students, faculty and staff fill the hallways and classrooms.

Systems Checklist

After such a long stretch of downtime, there’s a lot to inspect, repair and certify in your life safety, fire and security systems. I put together a list to guide you through the process.

Emergency Safety Plans

  • Is your plan up to date?
  • Do you have the right people responsible during all shifts and are they trained?
  • Are there additional areas of consideration to add to your safety plan to best protect all people and buildings?

Staff Training

  • Is your current staff fully trained to handle an emergency?
  • Do they know how to effectively use fire extinguishers?
  • What training is needed for new hires?

Hand Sanitation Stations

It’s likely the stations will remain a must-have wall fixture for the foreseeable future. They should be conveniently placed throughout school buildings with instructions posted for student and staff use. Brothers Fire & Security is partnering with Everest Microbial Defense to offer 24 Hour Defense™ Hand Purifier. One application safely kills 99.99% of germs on hands and prevents re-contamination for up to 24 hours.

Security Cameras

Test your cameras and equipment to make sure they are:

  • In good working order.
  • Covering the right areas.
  • Connected to monitoring service with the coverage needed, including parking lots, hallways, entrances, administration offices, gymnasiums and outdoor areas.

Access Control Panels

  • Only current staff should have access.
  • Check hours and days of operation, including school holidays.

Fire Extinguishers

Inspections, maintenance or replacement should be completed as needed and extinguishers tagged.

Kitchen Hoods

It’s been a long time since lunchrooms were open. Have hoods been cleaned, inspected and certified?

Fire Alarm and Suppression Systems

Are they due for inspections or maintenance?

Data Cabling

Evaluate your IT system to make sure you’re getting the best out of your cabling.

Emergency Lights (eLights)

Take a walk through all the buildings to see what lighting needs to be inspected, tested, repaired as needed, and certified.

Life Safety Made Simple

The Do It Yourself (DIY) trend is rapidly growing, including in schools. To assist our clients, we are creating online courses on our Life Safety Made Simple platform to address the DIY trend. We provide industry best practices and train employees with certification for life safety systems. Courses meet OSHA compliance requirements for staff without travel, can lower training costs, and increase successful compliance ratios.

I encourage you to consider adding these courses to your employee training and teacher in-service schedules. After all, we’re never too old to learn, right?

  • How to Effectively Use Fire Extinguishers
  • How to Build An Effective Safety Plan
  • Know Your Life Safety Equipment
  • Emergency Lights: Inspections & Certification

As you head back to the classroom this fall, Brothers Fire & Security can help with all your fire and security systems’ inspections, maintenance and certifications. Our mission is all about Life Safety Made Simple and we’re here when you need us. Call us at 800-607-2767.

 

Stephen Cieslukowski, President Brothers Fire & SecurityAbout Brothers Fire & Security

As one of the premier providers of fire and security solutions in the Upper Midwest, Brothers Fire & Security strives to build long-term, value-added relationships. We work with business owners and property management companies, as well as all types of public institutions to solve fire and security needs. By taking advantage of our integrated bundled services, many of our clients find that they can save 25-30% on their safety services, annual inspections and more. From a single location to franchises throughout the region and the country, our integrated approach saves our clients valuable time, money, and stress. We provide fire protection systems, security systems, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, 24-7 monitoring, fire extinguishers, card access and kitchen hoods. We also provide our Online Academy: Life Safety — Made Simple with eLearning courses designed to help you get and keep your staff trained and your business fire and security code compliant.

DIY and Life Safety Made Simple

DIY and Life Safety Made Simple

A growing number of companies are looking for ways to cash-in on the Do It Yourself (DIY) trend. How many times have you said, or wanted to say, “I gotta guy who could do that!”

Right now, the labor market is tight and it’s hard to find qualified workers. Plus, with the current economy, many companies are looking for ways to give more responsibilities to their employees.

When it comes to life safety, such as fire and security inspections, maintenance and certifications, there are some aspects that could be DIY. Keep in mind, though, that you must complete the certification process for compliance and liability issues correctly to ensure your life safety bases are covered.

We Can Help the DIYers

Brothers Fire & Security provides DIY solutions cost-effectively, so you don’t have to hire outside vendors. We’ll ensure your annual inspections and certifications are scheduled and delivered to you and your staff. For example, we can help with fire extinguisher inspections and certification (with tags) and Emergency Lights (eLights) inspections and certification (with stickers). You’ll also be able to produce documentation to the fire marshal as needed.

Another tool for DIYers is our Life Safety Made Simple online platform. Our research shows clearly that the more employees are engaged and familiar with emergency situations the more apt they are to take positive action. The courses help you and your employees keep buildings and people compliant and safe. They provide the convenience of training and certifying staff based on your needs when you need it and annual certifications for employee records.

All Life Safety Made Simple courses are designed to be convenient and affordable. You can integrate fire and safety training with onboarding new hires, promotions and staff changes. Courses meet OSHA compliance requirements for staff without travel, can lower training costs, and increase successful compliance ratios. Life Safety Made Simple courses include:

How to Effectively Use a Fire Extinguisher

This course makes it easy to ensure that every member of your staff knows how to use fire extinguishers. The course includes:

  • Discover the correct way to use different kinds of fire extinguishers.
  • Learn about the Fire Triangle, how it works and what to do.
  • Understand life-saving steps to take when there’s a fire.
  • Learn about the P.A.S.S. firefighting concepts.
  • Learn the different types of fires and what extinguishers to use when.

How To Build An Effective Safety Plan

When it comes to safety planning, fire drills are usually what comes to mind. However, there are other critical parts to a safety plan that can save lives and property damage. Clients tell us consistently that one of their biggest challenges is making sure they have an accurate safety plan in place to protect people and their business. Keeping up to date on post-COVID information is also a concern. This course walks you and your staff through the various steps to create an effective safety plan.  This course includes:

  • Identify key staff “Safety Heroes” and get them organized.
  • Understand safety plan basics and how to identify risks.
  • Know your fire extinguishers and where your fire panel is located.
  • Learn about your fire suppression systems and sprinkler heads.
  • Find out how your security card access and security cameras work.
  • Get your communication and emergency preparedness MAP.

Know Your Life Safety Equipment

Save lives and prevent unnecessary damages to buildings when your staff knows how to find and operate life safety equipment in case of an emergency. The course includes:

  • The basics of your equipment and what to do with it (fire extinguishers, fire panel, fire suppression systems, sprinkler heads, security card access and security cameras).
  • How to ensure that your key staff are cross trained.
  • Get your teams organized and ready to respond.

Emergency Lights (E-Lights):  Inspections and Certification

In the event of a power outage or other fire emergency, e-lights are required to be inspected monthly and certified annually.  The course includes:

  • How to perform your own e-lights inspections
  • The process to follow so that your e-lights inspected properly
  • How to get certified to DIY your inspections
  • How to get the documentation you need to provide proof of inspections

Learners who successfully pass the interactive testing during the courses receive Certificates of Completion. Plus, you can bundle more than one course and save money. As part of our ongoing commitment to our customers, there are more courses are in development.

Along with our online courses, Brothers Fire & Security has developed two resources that are excellent tools for DIYers. The Data Scheduling Matrix keeps track of scheduling and planning effectively for future necessary budget items. The Budget Planning Matrix makes it easier to get your budget in place based on your needs. Both are located on our website.

Think of our Life Safety Made Simple platform and resources as a DIY hybrid blending your qualified employees with our industry expertise. Never struggle with your life safety training needs again!

 

Stephen Cieslukowski, President Brothers Fire & SecurityAbout Brothers Fire & Security

As one of the premier providers of fire and security solutions in the Upper Midwest, Brothers Fire & Security strives to build long-term, value-added relationships. We work with business owners and property management companies, as well as all types of public institutions to solve fire and security needs. By taking advantage of our integrated bundled services, many of our clients find that they can save 25-30% on their safety services, annual inspections and more. From a single location to franchises throughout the region and the country, our integrated approach saves our clients valuable time, money, and stress. We provide fire protection systems, security systems, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, 24-7 monitoring, fire extinguishers, card access and kitchen hoods. We also provide our Online Academy: Life Safety — Made Simple with eLearning courses designed to help you get and keep your staff trained and your business fire and security code compliant.

Welcome Susan Lanahan, Life Safety Division

Welcome Susan Lanahan, Life Safety Division

Without a doubt, Brothers Fire & Security is continually growing and adapting with the times. We help our clients effectively navigate the always-changing technology in the fire and security industry. Our commitment is to give our customers professional, fast, comprehensive and cost-effective results.

As part of our strategic growth plan, please join me in welcoming Susan Lanahan to our Life Safety Division. We’re fortunate that Susan brings 25+ years of sales and business development experience.

Susan’s primary role with Brothers Fire & Security is to consult with business owners, key decision-makers and property managers about their life safety, and fire and security compliance needs.

One of her top priorities is to expand our online academy, “Life Safety Made Simple.” Our academy features innovative online training products and services to help our clients and their staff to be well-trained in a variety of fire and security areas, as well as in compliance.

One of the biggest challenges that all businesses face in terms of life safety, is keeping up with training and compliance requirements with their fire and security systems. Our goal is to give all of our clients the tools and skills they need to cost-effectively manage their systems. Naturally, there are any repairs needed or help with inspections, we’re happy to help.

In her new role, Susan is will be helping new and existing clients to expand access and inspections of their fire and security systems. In this age of Do It Yourself (DIY), many people want to take care of their own inspections.  Things like emergency exit lights, and fire extinguishers, for example. Since certification is still required, we’ve invested in the educational tools needed.

Now, our new online learning portal will help our clients get certified and manage their own inspections. We can provide all the tools and skills so you can manage your life safety systems cost-effectively, across your entire network and business reach.

About Susan

I’ve known Susan for many years and we’ve worked collaboratively on many projects. She’s a seasoned business development professional who cares about her clients. Her strength is creating client relationships to develop, implement, and analyze pivotal solutions. She works well with customers in various company roles. Susan approaches her work with energy, enthusiasm, and integrity; qualities that I especially appreciate about Susan.

She brings a well-rounded career of experience which includes 12 years as an account executive with IBM Business Partners. She’s also worked with sales and marketing and information technology businesses. Her roles focused on business and sales development, client strategy and customer retention.

“I’m super excited to become part of the Brothers Fire & Security family,” Susan says. “My passion is to bring the latest technology, processes, and systems to help our clients. We help our clients to protect and save people’s lives, protect buildings, and make staying on top of all the life safety issues easier and most cost-effective.”

Susan may be contacting you in the coming weeks to schedule a free 30-minute review of your life safety systems and compliance. Or, if you’d like to contact Susan directly, please reach out to her at 952-237-7275.

During your free consultation, you may find out what most of our clients discover. Susan can show you how most of our new clients save an average of 25 percent on their fire and security services when they partner with us.

 

Stephen Cieslukowski, President Brothers Fire & SecurityAbout Brothers Fire & Security

As one of the premier providers of fire and security solutions in the Upper Midwest, Brothers Fire & Security strives to build long-term, value-added relationships. We work with business owners and property management companies, as well as all types of public institutions to solve fire and security needs. By taking advantage of our integrated bundled services, many of our clients find that they can save 25-30% on their safety services, annual inspections and more. From a single location to franchises throughout the region and the country, our integrated approach saves our clients valuable time, money, and stress. We provide fire protection systems, security systems, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, 24-7 monitoring, fire extinguishers, card access and kitchen hoods. We also provide our Online Academy: Life Safety — Made Simple with eLearning courses designed to help you get and keep your staff trained and your business fire and security code compliant.

July 4th Holiday Safety Tips

July 4th Holiday Safety Tips

What will your post-COVID July 4th look like this year? Grilling burgers and steaks in the backyard? Roasting marshmallows around the campfire in the woods? Setting off fireworks? Or maybe all three!

Fire safety is key to a fun and memorable Fourth of July celebration, so I don’t want you to be a fire statistic. Safe Kids Worldwide reports more than 3,000 children under the age of 15 are sent to the emergency room each year in the U.S. because of fireworks injuries. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) says grills and BBQs cause an average of 10,600 home fires, and as many as 90 percent of wildfires are caused by people.

To ensure your family’s safety and protection of property, let me share advice and recommendations for an enjoyable celebration.

Fireworks and the Fourth

It should come as no surprise that more than one-quarter (28 percent) of fires started by fireworks were reported on the Fourth of July, according to the NFPA. Burns accounted for 44 percent of the fireworks-related injuries seen in the month around July 4th. An estimated 19,500 fires started by fireworks were reported in 2018.

The most basic of backyard fireworks are the sparklers. Kids love the brief mini display of multi-colored sparks they hold in their hands. But did you know that the sparks can be anywhere from 1800°F to 3000° Fahrenheit? Keeping that in mind, precautions for at-home fireworks are necessary for both children and adults.

  • Supervise children closely if they are holding sparklers. Never let kids light them or any other firework. Teach them to keep sparklers away from their faces, clothes, and hair, and only use them outdoors in open spaces. (To be honest, my preference is to give children glowsticks instead of sparklers and let the adults use the real thing.)
  • Adults who light fireworks should always wear eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • No one should ever have any part of their body over the fireworks.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people, animals or structures.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • Never relight a dud firework. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Always keep a pail of water or hose nearby.

And this must be said: People will do dumb things with fireworks. You might be better off going to a community display and leave lighting fireworks to the professionals.

Steaks and Marshmallows

The aroma of a steak on a grill and sugar rush from s’mores over the fire pit are great, but not if they catch fire and spread. Grills and campfires are the leading cause of fires in the summer, especially around the Fourth of July. Stats from the NFPA and U.S. Department of Interior drive that home.

  • Grills and BBQs cause an average of 10 civilian deaths and $149 million in property damage.
  • Greater than 80 percent of campfire-related pediatric injuries were caused by day-old campfires.
  • A lot of human-caused wildfires that annually ravage millions of acres result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris and negligently discarded cigarettes.

When you’re using grills, always have a fire extinguisher close by and keep grills away from the outside walls and decks of your home or apartment. If grilling with coals, make sure the coals are cooled, watered down and disposed of after use. If grilling with gas, keep your face away from the unit when lighting either automatically or with a lighter. Be sure that the canisters are turned off after use.

Ring ‘Round the Campfire

There’s more to a campfire than stacking sticks and striking a match. The U.S. Forest Service outlines the basics of campfires.

  • Use an existing fire ring, don’t create a new one. When not in a designated campground, build your fire within a ring of rocks.
  • Clear all vegetation away from the fire ring (needles, leaves, sticks, etc.)
  • Select an open level spot away from trees, logs, stumps, overhanging branches, dense dry grass, and forest litter.
  • Keep your campfire small.
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel nearby for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended! Even a small breeze could quickly cause the fire to spread.
  • Make sure a responsible adult is always in attendance.

When putting out your campfire:

  • First, drown the campfire with water!
  • Mix the ashes and embers with soil. Scrape all partially burned sticks and logs to make sure all the hot embers are off them.
  • Stir the embers after they are covered with water and make sure that everything is wet.
  • Feel the coals, embers, and any partially burned wood with your hands. Everything (including the rock fire ring) should be cool to the touch. Feel under the rocks to make sure there are no embers underneath. Remember…if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.
  • When you think you are done, take an extra minute and add more water.
  • Finally, check the entire campsite for possible sparks or embers because it only takes one to start a forest fire.

Follow the Rules

While permits for recreational campfires are not required, local governments can set more stringent regulations about backyard recreational fires. For example, they might restrict recreational fires on air quality alert days and restrict times of the day when they are allowed. Or the National Weather Service may issue a Red Flag Warning indicating that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion and rapid spread.

State fire codes set minimum requirements for outdoor recreational fires and portable fireplaces which include being constantly attended. Treated lumber materials, construction debris, garbage, plastic materials, or waste materials are not allowed to be burned in recreational fires.

One last thought about fires this summer. Minnesota is experiencing drought conditions due to lack of rain and hot weather which has put crucial focus on outdoor burning. The DNR and local governments in some counties have put recreational fire and burning regulations in place. I’d advise you make a call to your local fire department or city hall to check out any restrictions.

Meanwhile, Back at the Office

Now that we’ve covered the outdoor safety aspects of July 4th safety, let’s take a quick look at the security inside the office. As I’ve talked about in other blogs on card access, there are dates that need special attention when it comes to access security, such as Christmas and July 4th. They are tricky dates that are always the same date, but “float” over the days of the week.

This year, July 4th is on Sunday and many offices will be closed on Friday and/or Monday. Chances are, there will be schedule changes with staff because of the holiday. Confirm that your access codes are current and relevant for who should have access to your buildings. Make sure that you have people scheduled as emergency contacts during the long holiday weekend.

And there you have it. The first major holiday after the confines and restrictions of COVID promises to be a great weekend. Stay safe and enjoy the time with family, friends and neighbors in the great Minnesota outdoors. Happy 245th Birthday, America!

 

About Brothers Fire & Security

As one of the premier providers of fire and security solutions in the Upper Midwest, Brothers Fire & Security strives to build long-term, value-added relationships. We work with business owners and property management companies, as well as all types of public institutions to solve fire and security needs. By taking advantage of our integrated bundled services, many of our clients find that they can save 25-30% on their safety services, annual inspections and more. From a single location to franchises throughout the region and the country, our integrated approach saves our clients valuable time, money, and stress. We provide fire protection systems, security systems, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, 24-7 monitoring, fire extinguishers, card access and kitchen hoods. We also provide our Online Academy: Life Safety — Made Simple with eLearning courses designed to help you get and keep your staff trained and your business fire and security code compliant.