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Stay Safe this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and many are looking forward to a great meal with their family and friends. While most people are fantasizing about eating a delicious feast, we can easily forget the hard work that goes into preparing the meal. An often overlooked piece of the food preparation is the safety aspect, so we’ve put together some helpful reminders to keep things safe. Even if you aren’t involved with the cooking directly, these safety tips will still allow you to help out during the festivities.

1.) Keep the workspace clear of distractions

The most basic way to encourage safety while cooking is to keep the workspace, usually the kitchen, clear of any distractions. Because the leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking, you don’t want the cook’s attention taken away from their workspace. The cooks should be alert and attentive, so leave those who are tired or under the influence out of the kitchen. Since having a cluttered kitchen can also be a distraction, a good rule of thumb is: “if you aren’t using it now or about to use it, keep it out.”

One way to reduce kitchen clutter is to have someone trusted helping the cook by bringing them the utensils they need and taking away things they don’t need. Leave this job to a trusted adult, while it might seem fun to let the kids help out, you don’t want to risk them messing up or getting injured.

2.) Establish a “kid-free zone”

While children may want to help with the festivities, having them help with cooking may not be a great idea. Due to the dangers posed by cooking tools such as hot stoves and sharp knives, children should be kept away from the kitchen. Children may also cause the cook to be distracted, increasing the risk of kitchen fires. At minimum, keep children at least 3 feet away from any potentially dangerous areas. The same applies to pets as well.

3.) Be prepared for a fire

While nobody wants a kitchen fire, being prepared in the event of one is essential. Prevention is the easiest way, and using the tips above will help minimize the chances of a cooking fire.

However, it is also important to know what to do depending on the type of fire. For small grease fires, turn off the stove and smother the flames with a lid. Do NOT try to put out the fire with water, this will not extinguish a grease fire. If you aren’t able to control the flame, then just get out! Evacuate the home quickly and call your local emergency number. Don’t worry, the fire department is used to Thanksgiving accidents, and they’ll be able to help you out. Now that you know these simple safety tips, you can apply them to your next Thanksgiving gathering. Share these tips with your friends and family to keep Thanksgiving safe, letting you enjoy the delicious feast with friends and family.

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Esscoe | Building Reports

As you approach the Holiday Season, don’t just look at the relationship between your family and friends; take a look at the relationship you have with your physical building and how you protect it, how you house the people you care about.

Our partners at Building Reports are a service provider for test and inspection groups. Their excellent service has made them the most trusted name in compliance reporting. Please see the downloadable content below for just some of the many great resources they provide.

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Security Brief: US Ban on Device Manufacturers

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Hackers know that certain cameras are easy to take over and use as an entry point to the connected network. Even email capable fire alarm systems are vulnerable, unless they meet the new federal information standards.

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ETS/Edwards Fire & Life Safety

Did you know Esscoe has installed over 45,000 smoke detectors and 10,000 pull stations in the past 15 years? Watch our video to learn what we can do for you!

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You can trust Esscoe with our proven past specializing in interior fire alarms, mass notification and security as well as credentialing solutions for military and government facilities. Watch our video to learn what we can do for you!

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Esscoe DAS Systems

Please note that the following is a summary of information regarding these systems and does not include a comprehensive overview of the subject matter. Please refer to applicable codes for complete information.

What is DAS?
DAS stands for Distributed Antenna System, it is a system of strategically placed antennas throughout a building that amplify the signal for public safety radios (mainly the Fire & Police Departments). DAS can go by many names in specifications – BDA (Bi-Directional Amplifier), ERRCS (Emergency Responder Radio Communication System), Radio Enhancement System, Two-Way Radio Communication Enhancement System, and more.

How does it work?
There are two types of systems, either passive or active. A passive system takes an outside signal through a donor antenna, sends it through coax cable, to an amplifier, then to a splitter and sent to each broadcast antenna. An active system takes the outside signal from the donor antenna through coax cable to a digital conversion unit, then through fiber to a remote unit, through coax cable, and finally to the broadcast antennas. A passive system is best for buildings less than 100,000 square feet and active systems are better for buildings greater than 100,000 square feet.

Is it required by code?
According to the 2015, 2018, and 2021 International Fire Code Section 510.4.1, every building shall have acceptable signal coverage when strength measurements are at 95% in all areas and 99% in critical areas as denoted by the AHJ. The system itself is not required but if your building does not meet code, the AHJ could require one to be installed.

Where can I find it in the code?
NFPA 72 – 2013, 2016, 2019
IFC – 2015, 2018, 2021
NFPA 1221 – 2016, 2019

What can cause interruptions in signal?
There are many reasons that signal can be interrupted for public safety radios. Certain construction materials such as concrete, fiberglass, low-e glass, and more can cause disruptions in the signal. Obstructions outside of the building can also affect the signal like tall trees, hills, new buildings, and storms.

What are considerations when designing these systems?
It is most important to know the frequencies that the local fire and police departments operate at. Generally, public safety operates in the 700/800 MHz Public Safety band, VHF band, or UHF band. Often, they will operate within multiple bands which may require more than one system. While it is important to know the central frequency, it is important to also know the frequency band that is required to be amplified and if there are separate uplink/downlink frequencies.
Also, the lead designer and installation personnel must have (at least) a valid FCC-issued General Radiotelephone Operator License and certification of in-building systems issued by an approved organization or manufacturer of the equipment.

How do I know if I need to install a DAS?
In general areas, 95% coverage is required and in critical areas 99% coverage is required. The inbound/outbound signal must be sufficient to provide no less than a DAQ (Delivered Audio Quality) of 3.0.
Within existing buildings, the owner can verify coverage by a Grid Test. A Grid Test works by dividing each floor into a grid of 20 equally sized test areas. A fully calibrated portable radio is utilized at the center of each grid to measure the signal strength at each. If more than one grid fails, the building does not meet the 95% coverage requirement. If two grids fail, the floor will be divided into 40 equally sized test areas and if no more than two nonadjacent grids fail, the system passes. If your system fails, a DAS will need to be installed as required by the AHJ.
Within new buildings, you cannot fully know if there is limited coverage until construction is underway and the shell is complete. Then, it is required as designated above. Typically, though, larger buildings like hospitals, malls, large schools, campuses, convention centers, and stadiums usually require additional coverage.

What are the inspection requirements?
The building must be tested annually and when there are structural changes. Testing includes the Grid Test as described above, all amplifiers must have their gain measured, recorded, and stored with the building owner, 1 hour load testing of all batteries and power supplies, and verifying operation of all active components. Once testing is complete, a report must be sent to the fire code official.

What are the battery backup requirements?
Either 12 hours or 24 hours depending on what year IFC is locally adopted. IFC 2015 requires 24 hours and IFC 2015 & 2018 require 12 hours.

Does this need to connect to the Fire Alarm System?
Yes. The FACP must monitor the system and provide a supervisory alarm for the following –

  1. Donor Antenna Malfunction
  2. Active RF-emitting device failure
  3. Low-battery capacity indication when 70 percent of the 12-hour operating capacity has been depleted
  4. Active system component failure
  5. Loss of normal AC power
  6. Failure of battery charger
  7. The communications link between the fire alarm system and the emergency responder radio enhancement system

A dedicated annunciator shall also be provided for annunciating the status of –

  1. Normal AC power
  2. Loss of normal AC power
  3. Battery charger failure
  4. Low-battery capacity (i.e., to 70 percent depletion)
  5. Donor antenna malfunction
  6. Active RF-emitting device malfunction
  7. Active system component malfunction

What other terms should I be aware of?

See NFPA 1221 for more definitions

  • Public Safety Frequencies – the frequencies in which the local jurisdictions will operate their radios under. They may fall under 3 different bands and each band requires a separate system.
    • VHF – Very High Frequency, 30 – 300 MHz
    • UHF – Ultra High Frequency, 300 MHz – 3 GHz
    • 700/800 MHz, 698 MHz – 806 MHz, 806 MHz – 824 MHz, & 851 MHz – 896 MHz
  • Class A vs Class B system
    • Class A – amplifies individual frequencies separately with no other outside frequencies from other jurisdictions amplified. A more expensive system but are more specialized, reduce noise, and are good for downtown areas
    • Class B – amplifies the entire band and all frequencies within that range that operate will be amplified. A less expensive system but can create noise and is good for rural or suburban areas.
      • Class B systems are the only ones that need to be registered with the FCC currently. In order to register the system, an FCC Licensee must approve the commissioning of the system and register under their FRN (FCC Registration Number).
  • Uplink/Downlink – Also known as Receive/Transmit
    • Uplink – signals from the DAS/BDA system are sent from the server antennas to the donor antennas.
    • Downlink – signals from the DAS/BDA are sent from the donor antenna to the server antennas.

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System Completion for America’s Leading Retailer

Esscoe was granted the opportunity to work on their largest design-build project yet. It showcases Esscoe’s ability to self-perform complex professionally engineered systems in-house, the strength of our supplier-partner and sub-contractor network and their ability and eagerness to work for Esscoe, our agility and ability to rapidly respond to design-build RFP’s at the preliminary stage and conceptual level, and, most importantly, partner. A partnership that serves to ensure America’s supply chain infrastructure.

America’s leading Storefront retailer is competing with America’s Online leading retailer for the home and B2B delivery business and introducing a fully automated storage retrieval system and packaging system to increase speed to your doorstep and minimize packaging waste.

This 3D automated storage and retrieval system within the facility is produced by the Austrian company, KNAPP AG. The KNAPP OSR (Order, Storage, Retrieval) Shuttle System™ uses robotic shuttles to traverse the storage system, pick out a storage tote, and then bring it to a product “picking station” where workers then pull the requested quantity of said product. The shuttle then returns the tote automatically until called again for another customer order or to replenish product inventory storage levels. This system is over 12 million cubic feet, more than the volume of 100 hot air balloons!

Esscoe also has a strategic partnership with Edwards. This showcases Esscoe’s competitive advantage with simplifying complicated fire alarm network systems using Fiber optic cabling, lower total installed costs through use of the industry’s lowest current draw Fire Alarm Strobes, and intelligible voice evacuation signaling (a.k.a. Mass Notification) for life safety, workplace security and severe weather advanced notification.

Esscoe sets itself apart from the competition with in-house design capabilities, use of Air-Sampling Smoke Detection with VESDA™ (Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus) to protect our Nation’s supply chain with the ability to rapidly detect and locate the threat of fire in high-dollar capital equipment (KNAPP OSR), large value of stored inventory (food, clothing, commodities and supplies) and our rapid construction speed.

ESSCOE’s In-House Design & Commissioning Group Consists of:

  • NCEES accredited Professional Fire Protection Engineers
  • NICET Level IV Fire Alarm Systems Layout Technicians
  • NICET Level III Fire Alarm Systems Layout Designers
  • NICET Level II Inspection, Testing & Fire Alarm Systems Inspectors

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AXIS Site Designer

AXIS Site Designer is a comprehensive, professional tool for designing video surveillance systems. Accessible via web browser, it allows for design work on-site. This tool can work with floor plans or satellite map images, and with adjustable view shapes for dozens of camera types, you can be sure that you can get 100% of the coverage necessary for your facility.

Axis Site Designer provides accurate calculations for pixel density, bandwidth and storage estimates, and power requirements, giving you confidence in the quality and reliability of our design. It also creates exportable camera configuration reports and installation plans so that engineered details are translated onto your site as intended. Whether your needs include a few key cameras, or many more, Axis Site Designer equips us to engineer professional video surveillance systems to fit any project.

Contact one of our Esscoe representatives today to learn more!

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Enterprise Level CCTV & Access Control Solutions

Here at Esscoe, The Engineered Systems Company, we provide Enterprise Level CCTV & Access Control Solutions. These services allow us to satisfy needs from small to large facilities. We give you peace of mind about your building being protected.

Our Enterprise Level CCTV is world class, with resolutions up to 4k and beyond. We look at your facility and take your needs into consideration.

Esscoe provides Access Control with experience in many markets – including, but not limited to, government, healthcare, office buildings, assisted living, education, corporate campuses, logistics, and property management.

Our handful of awards and recognition from 2021 include AXIS Communications Top Regional Partner and AXIS Camera Station Specialist.

Whether it is integrating CCTV with access control, remote site IP video archiving and storage or integrating other types of systems, our team of in-house, fully-certified industry professionals will develop and maintain the security solutions you rely on.

Contact one of our Esscoe representatives today to learn more!

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Are you familiar with Active Directory (AD) Integration for your Security Systems?

Enable your IT and Physical Security systems to work together, for you.

Microsoft Active Directory integration facilitates the centralized management and synchronization of Windows user accounts with Security Center’s administrator and cardholder accounts. 

Adding Windows users in Active Directory will automatically create Security Center users and/or cardholders. Synchronization is automated so the overall process is efficient and eliminates typical manual intervention and errors in the process. 

With Active Directory integration to Security Center, you save valuable time by configuring the link only once for your Synergis™ access control, Omnicast™ video surveillance, and AutoVu™ automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) systems.

Key Benefits include:

  • Ensures secure access to your security software and physical facilities is up to date
  • Promotes cooperation, sharing of data, and consistency throughout your organization
  • Streamlines user management, taking human error out of the equation
  • Simplifies cardholder management, allowing your team to be more productive
  • Automated synchronization eliminates burdensome paperwork and emails for managing employee access
  • Security groups are visible within Security Center leading to quick selection of groups and users to sync

Learn more in this educational PDF

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