Fire is a risk for any building structure; but so is risk of damage from automatic sprinklers. Builders and developers need to put all the proper fire safety measures in place and have a back up, to mitigate risk and protect their assets.Read More
With crammed schedules and sold out rooms, it’s easy to become preoccupied with perfecting the guest experience while brushing over fire safety. Keep your guests and staff safe, by making fire safety an essential part of your holiday preparations.Read More
The holiday season brings in new guests and added revenue. There is no better time to impress new guests with your hotel amenities. But with crammed schedules and sold out rooms, it’s easy to become preoccupied with perfecting the guest experience and less time spent preparing your staff for emergencies.
Review our checklist to ensure your staff and guests are ready for the holiday safety season.Read More
No, we're not saying that our product is pretty - it's yellow, effective and necessary! When it comes to fire safety, luxury hotel designers are steering away from imposing safety features like the traditional red exit signs and exposed fire sprinkler heads are opting for safety products that support their luxury experience, carefully selecting products like edge-lit signs and recessed sprinkler head models which blend more seamlessly with the design of the hotel.
Shutgun has had to respond to this need by adapting our sprinkler shut off tool models.
Many high-end hotel chains are converting their semi-recessed sprinkler head systems to the concealed models as these heads provide the needed function to extinguish potential fires while seamlessly melding into the décor.
The Shutgun is a one-handed tool that immediately stops the flow of water from an activated fire sprinkler head. We have created a tool specifically for concealed sprinkler heads, ensuring not only the protection of the hotel from water damage, but that hoteliers will not have to sacrifice safety for beauty.
Concealed sprinkler heads offer hoteliers protection for both their guests and the property and blend seamlessly into the décor. But while the aesthetics of recessed sprinkler head models are safe – the concealed nature of them makes it harder to shut off in cases of accidental activation.
The concealed head Shutgun is equipped with a longer probe that can reach the opening of the water source recessed inside the sprinkler head. The end result: hoteliers can still provide the optimal luxury experience while keeping safety top of mind.
Safety features have come a long way from the obtrusive products in the past. Shutgun is happy to be on the leading edge!
Shutgun and Greg Patterson will be exhibiting at the HX: Hotel Experience trade show from November 8 to 10 at booth #2524a!
Shutgun Tool has decided to showcase their newly released fire sprinkler shut off products at this year’s BUILD EXPO USA taking place September 16 & 17 at the NRG Centre in Houston.Read More
The Shutgun system was designed to respond to emergencies, therefore it needs to be accessible at all times. Ideally, we recommend that you place your equipment in a highly visible, labeled location. But let’s face it, sprinklers don’t discharge every day. So, it is easy for the equipment to be inadvertently placed into a toolbox or into a drawer.
When your sprinklers are accidentally discharged, the last thing you need to worry about is finding your Shutgun. Scrabbling in a drawer or a toolbox for the shut off system increases the risk of damage. Time is of the essence. Purchasing the Shutgun is the first step to ensure quick shut off occurs, but what if you can’t find the equipment?Read More
We have an opportunity and would like to share it with you! As part of exhibiting at the upcoming Greenbuild International Expo and Conference in New Orleans, LA Oct.22-23 - Shutgun is giving away 150 free EXPO passes to our friends, distributors and customers.
Simply use this link below with the already pre-entered code, and you can register and attend for $0.
Go to: https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/ar?evt_uid=229&company_code=TECH1PG635 and complete the registration process.
You're welcome! And don't forget to stop by our booth #3049!
The Shutgun Team
We're very thrilled, for a couple of reasons, to be heading to Hawaii later this week in order to not only exhibit at the Hawaii Lodging Hospitality and Food Service Expo on July 9 and 10 (Booth 219) but to take time and visit with as many of our valued hotel clients as possible.
We will be promoting our #OneOnEveryFloor campaign in order to bring awareness to the cost and time saving benefits of having multiple Shutguns accessible on your hotel or resort property.Read More
Still think you are covered with just one Shutgun at your front desk or fire panel? Think again... we did the math!Read More
Property owners and managers can reduce the possibility of extensive losses through a water damage mitigation program. The program involves a detailed checklist specific to your facility. This analysis gives risk managers, safety managers, building engineers and other professionals more control over potentially paralyzing situations.Read More
Recently, Shutgun chatted with Thomas Riegelman, VP of Engineering and Facilities Management for White Lodging properties about his experience in placing the Shutgun Water Protection Kit into over 170 of his properties.Read More
Shutgun has made changes to our online shipping transactions to benefit you, the customer.Read More
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The Shutgun team,
Preparing the fire, construction, hotel and building management industries for fire sprinkler emergencies since 2009.
There was no rest for Shutgun early in the new year, as it was on the scene of a sprinkler head-related accident on the morning of January 9th at a hotel and country club in Collingwood, Ontario.
Firefighters on scene used Shutgun to plug the activated sprinkler head (which unconfirmed sources believe was the result of a frozen pipe, which upon thawing, activated the sprinkler head.)
The firefighter who snapped this photo said
Shutgun saved significant water damage to the site.
“In many municipalities, the building manager is not allowed to shut off the building’s main water supply until the fire department has arrived, but the fire dept can shut off the activated sprinkler head,” said Greg Patterson, President of Shutgun, who engineered the product along with retired Toronto District Fire Chief, Eli Scardaoni. “Those minutes are crucial in terms of damage inflicted.”
Patterson adds that the residual cost of damage from an accidental activation of a fire sprinkler head is estimated at up to $1,000 for every minute water is left flowing and suggests one shutgunfor every fire box, on every floor.
Shutgun was sitting just inside Santa's sack
But the big guy couldn't climb down the chimney with ease,
On his way he'd bump mantles and stockings and trees!
When all of a sudden there arose such a clatter,
Santa spun around to see what was the matter.
You see, it seemed, that while scratching his head,
Santa knocked over a ladder, and broke the sprinkler head!
The living room was covered with sopping wet crud,
if this water didn't stop soon it would be a Christmas flood!
But with a gleam in his eye he had nothing to dread,
he had Shutgun on hand to plug the sprinkler head.
So by placing the jaws inside the tiny vent
and giving the handle a squeeze, off the water went!
And Santa knew that if a fire should be kindled,
the UL link would release the sprinkler until the fire dwindled
And I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
Have a Safe and Dry Christmas - Shutgun saved the Night!....
Ho Ho Ho!
Read our full Product Feature in Canadian Lodging News (pg. 20). Excerpts below:
In an effort to save on insurance premiums, an increasing number of hotel properties are hiking deductibles to save cash. While the property owners save dollars month to month, they are assuming more responsibility for every minor incident or repair.
Experts point out that in cases of water damage and sprinkler-related accidents, the resulting expenses could spiral out of control and owners are best to prepare for these ‘minor’ cases ahead of time, or risk being on the hook for thousands of dollars in damages.
... Russell Poste, Senior Advisor with Howard Noble insurance, “While these incidents are rare, the residual damage to the building and the insurance implications should not be overlooked or underestimated.”
Gregory Orndorff is with A-1 Flood Tech and has witnessed firsthand the harmful effects of water damage.
“If the building owner is assuming more responsibility in order to not put a claim on their insurance, then stopping the flow of water becomes crucial if it means you are on the hook for every $5,000, $15,000 or even a $35,000 occurrence.”
Hotel owners know all too well that accidental fire sprinkler activations come with the territory – whether it’s a rowdy guest hitting or damaging the sprinkler head or a bride using it as a garment hanger, the result is a torrent of dirty water flowing from a pipe at rates exceeding 25 gallons per minute.
“In many municipalities, the building manager is not allowed to shut off the building’s main water supply until the fire department has arrived, but they can shut off the activated sprinkler head,” said Greg Patterson, President of Shutgun, who engineered the product along with a retired Toronto District Fire Chief. “These minutes are crucial in terms of damage inflicted, which puts more onus on staff, maintenance and service people on the scene.”
Russell Poste, brings up another concern in situations where guests are displaced.
“The hotel’s insurance may be able to cover the damages and clean up, but that does not account for any displaced guests or their potential lost business as a result of the incident.”
How Shutgun Saved a Housekeeping Sprinkler Blunder
What was the decision behind your purchase? The quality of the Shutgun is extremely high -Well made. It’s also easy to use and requires little to no training to respond to an emergency. But the greatest decision point was the fact that it contained a fusible link so that if it is used in an emergency, the sprinkler system will in turn still function if there is another incident.
How have you found the Shutgun useful to date? Absolutely! We had new housekeeping associate dusting in and around the laundry room and broke a sprinkler head. The Shutgun was quickly at hand and saved us from many many hours of cleanup, work, and of course limited damage to the facility.
Enjoy ourBack to School collection of
College Dorm Room sprinkler head mishap videos at
Top three college dorm sprinkler accident culprits:
- Soccer balls;
- Clothes lines/hangers
MacKenzie Ridge Terraces, in Vaughan Ontario, is the first production home project in Ontario to include sprinklers as a standard feature, which fire departments and insurance companies have been advocating for years.
They will equip 136 executive townhomes and six semi-detached homes, with a fire-suppressant sprinkler system in each room plus a heat detection system installed in each garage and wired into the home’s smoke detector alarm system.
In addition, Co-operators Insurance has offered purchasers at Mackenzie Ridge a 10 per cent minimum reduction in insurance premiums because of the sprinkler system. Fire alarms and other fire safety features has opened the home insurance company to consider further premium discounts.
"This advocates what we have been encouraging for years," said Greg Patterson, "Which is to give incentives for building owners and residents who add fire safety measures and equipment to their fire safety plans."
John Caruso, Vaughan’s fire prevention officer, said 15 per cent of house fires in Vaughan last year started in the garage.
Click here to read Toronto Star article.