You Hear It Every Year and This Year Should Be No Different: Keep Fire Prevention and Fire Safety in Mind Regarding Your Christmas Tree

You Hear It Every Year and This Year Should Be No Different: Keep Fire Prevention and Fire Safety in Mind Regarding Your Christmas Tree

You hear it every year and this year is no different: keep fire prevention and fire safety in mind regarding your Christmas tree!  It’s the “most wonderful time of the year,” so don’t let it turn into a disaster for your family by ignoring some simple Christmas tree safety rules – especially when it comes to fire prevention. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says every year an average of 210 fires are caused by Christmas trees.  Don’t let your holiday tradition become a NFPA statistic. It’s a great idea to test your smoke alarms or fire alarm systems the day you decide to put up your Christmas tree. (Make that part of your family’s “tradition”!) If you have an artificial tree, make sure the label indicates fire retardant certification. When buying a fresh tree, make sure the needles are green and do not fall off when touched. Keep the tree well away from any heat source such as a fireplace or radiator. Keep a fresh tree well watered. Never, ever use candles to decorate on or near the Christmas tree. Turn off tree lights before going to bed or when leaving the house. We know you have probably heard all of these tips year after year.  But when it comes to the safety of your home and family, what’s a little repetition? We at ABEL Building Systems wish you and yours a very Merry...
Five Times You Should Consider Changing Your Locks for Your Family’s  Security and Safety

Five Times You Should Consider Changing Your Locks for Your Family’s Security and Safety

Have you ever changed the locks on your home or requested a lock change at your apartment, with your family’s safety and security in mind?  It probably rarely crosses your mind, if ever.  But there are a few key times when it should. A Department of Justice special report indicated: An estimated 3.7 million household burglaries occurred each year on average from 2003 to 2007. But, this report also showed: In 40% of unlawful entries to unoccupied residences, offenders gained access through an unlocked door or window! Not only should you and your family members remember to lock the doors and windows, there are four key times when a lock change is a good idea for home protection and your peace of mind: Any time you move – moving into a new home or a new apartment is the ideal time to change the locks on the residence or to request an apartment lock change. Ideally, only you, your family or roommates, and your landlord should have access to your home. Any time you lose a key – it happens. You drop your keys and have no idea if it was at the mall or at the football game.  You lose your purse and it not only had your keys in it but your home address on your ID as well.  This is definitely a time to change your locks. Any time there’s a divorce, significant-other change or a change in roommates – a divorce or a break-up is another time to consider changing your locks. Despite all the other complications this type of relationship change may bring, don’t forget...
Do You Really Need a Security System, Camera Surveillance or CCTV?  Let’s  Look at the Facts

Do You Really Need a Security System, Camera Surveillance or CCTV? Let’s Look at the Facts

ABEL Building Systems assists schools, businesses, warehouse and industrial sites, assisted living facilities and more with fire alarm and security system solutions.  One question we are often asked is, do I really need some type of security system, cameras or CCTV? To simplify, let’s talk about businesses and cameras/CCTV.  Let’s say a large business enterprise decision-maker wonders if video surveillance is a luxury or a need.  The easiest way to answer that question is to look at some quick facts: A survey conducted by the American Management Association indicated: Almost half (48%) of the companies surveyed use video monitoring to counter theft, violence and sabotage. Seven percent use video surveillance to track employees’ on-the-job performance. Most employers notify employees of anti-theft video surveillance (78%) and performance-related video monitoring (89%). It is a fact that there is a decrease in criminal activity when there is knowledge that “someone is watching.” Cameras or CCTV shed light on the truth of a variety of matters ranging from dishonesty to criminal theft. These are only a few of the facts that decision makers and building owners in the marketplace will want to keep in mind when analyzing their security system needs – in particular here we are talking about cameras and CCTV systems.  Speaking with a reputable security professional and learning about the different systems available and having a frank discussion about budget and video/security system needs is invaluable. The main thing to keep in mind is that protecting all you have strived to build as well as the people who count on you or your company is not a decision to take...
Fire Prevention and Alarms, Fire Safety and Fire Escape Planning are Year  ‘Round Endeavors

Fire Prevention and Alarms, Fire Safety and Fire Escape Planning are Year ‘Round Endeavors

October was National Fire Prevention Month, and there is always a lot of good info out there about fire safety, smoke alarms, fire alarm systems and fire escape planning in that month. But, fire safety is a year ‘round concern and should be reviewed often by your family or your business – no matter what month it is. We at ABEL Building Systems are taking a minute to give you some basic fire safety tips to keep in mind all year long. For homeowners:   1. Protect your home, your family and your pets with working smoke alarms and/or fire alarm systems. Make sure all systems are fully functional at all times. Test them periodically and change batteries yearly. As we reminded you last month, when you “fall back” or “spring forward” time-wise is a great reminder to check those smoke alarm batteries.   2. Have an “escape plan” in place for your family, should the alarm go off. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home and practice it – more than once, if you have small children.   3. If possible, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends everyone know at least two ways to escape from every room in your home.   For apartment and high-rise building dwellers:   1. When looking for an apartment, it is best to rent one where there is a fire detection system with smoke detectors. Many times an automatic fire detection system can provide early warning to the authorities before a fire starts.   2. Know the evacuation plan for your apartment or high-rise. Go over this with your family...

“Your Moral Compass and Resolving Misunderstandings in Business”

We know that money drives the economic engine of any company, organization, or agency. Maintaining the agreed-to cash flow to vendors and suppliers is critical to the incoming flow of material and manpower. When money or scheduling issues come up, reconcile and resolve as soon as possible. Do not allow misunderstandings to fester. It can only get worse. So: Reconcile money issues, reconcile personnel issues, and reconcile misunderstandings about deliverables When budgetary issues require adjustments of any kind, prompt advanced notifications are always preferred and appreciated by everyone. Also, letting a potential customer know of cost-saving options is a great way to instill confidence in your company. Making a potential customer aware of underperforming (often cheap) or high performance (often expensive) products that are on the market will help customers and potential customers know what expectations can be achieved. This advice before the sale is another way to instill confidence in your company. ABEL Building Systems routinely meets to discuss details and what customers’ expectations are. This process builds a bond that helps carry over a feeling of confidence into the review process. ABEL Building Systems wants to meet the specification and reveal itself to be the best solution for the customer’s application. It’s amazing how personnel decisions can affect sales and service. Personal courtesy can build business or drive it away. Do:        Letting the customer decision makers know about complete system progress and performance operations. Deliver what is promised, when it’s promised Interpreting the specification packages and thrift cost if possible while maintaining full compliance. Keep on schedule. If issues arise, alert promptly for countermeasure(s). Document all changes...

“Who Is Your Customer? Your Customer is Everyone You Deal With.”

The term “customer” most often refers to someone who gives money for a material, service, or counsel. And the prevailing thought is the “customer is always right”. So a higher level of diligence is viewed for where the money source is. But ABEL Building Systems has a higher level of application to what a “customer” is. ABEL Building Systems believes there is more to the equation, and that ALL sectors of a transaction need to be treated as high importance. You need to treat everyone with honor. Your “customers are the ones who buy from you, the ones who you work with, the ones who you contract out to or buy from, as well. This culture of honor brings in rewards of trust and accountability. When ABEL Building System treats its suppliers / contractors well, they respond. When an emergency arises with an ABEL Building Systems customer, special effort can be counted on by those suppliers to help ABEL to respond to its customer emergency. If ABEL didn’t treat its supply base well, special effort would be hard to come by. Customers will buy from people who do what they say they will do, and will stop doing business with those who do not deliver as promised. If a supplier does any of these, the customer / supplier relationship is damaged:  Under-deliver in product quality, in product delivery schedules, in quality of service after the sale, or even in response times and courtesy of personnel during emergencies. Predictable, excellent results retain customers One time, ABEL Building Systems discussed a system that a potential customer had installed previously. They couldn’t...

“Building trust and honesty with businesses that need surveillance and security systems.”

Responsibility, honesty, and truthfulness bring about repeat business and builds future relationships. But how many have been burned by unethical or unqualified contractors? Or have you ever been hired by an unethical company that didn’t complete their end of the agreement? Many have in either case, and those experiences still hurt. But dealing with a company that takes time with the details, honors their word, does fine, quality work blesses everyone involved. Business losses pile up and customer satisfaction falls each year from poor quality materials, substituting inferior products secretly, poor execution of the work by unqualified workers, missing deadlines and delaying other parts of a project, or late payment histories. What are we to do? Doing business with ethical companies with integrity, honesty and accountability actually reduces design costs, building costs, installation costs, and time needed to straighten out messes. ABEL Building Systems operates on principles that make customers want to come back for more repeat business. Why? It’s less hassle and costs less. People want what meets their expectations. What are the expectations? Buyers want the best products, at the least cost in the quickest amount of time. It’s actually unrealistic. There is a price for the best products. There is a price for expedited delivery, there is a price for exemplary service. But ABEL Building Systems can deliver customer satisfaction with excellent products at a lower cost. How? By innovation. One time a project customer asked for a 6-camera system to monitor a facility parking lot. ABEL Building Systems was able to supply a superior result with an Avigilon surveillance system at a lower total cost...