• Volume 17, Issue 4 | 4th Quarter

    Feature Article

    Brooks Supports
    Fire Prevention Week

    By Mark Conroy

    Fire Prevention Week (FPW) was celebrated October 7-13, 2018. This year, the National Fire Protection Association selected the theme:

    Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere!™

    NFPA’s goal is to help educate the public and suggests remembering three key words to help reduce injuries, fatalities, and property losses, due to fires in the home.

    “LOOK” for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

    “LISTEN” for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home.

    “LEARN” two ways out of every room, and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

    In support of the NFPA’s efforts to educate the public, Brooks suggests that everyone consider the following steps to stay safe:

    • Make sure your home has at least one working smoke alarm on each floor level.
    • Push the test button on each smoke alarm to make sure they work.
    • Check to see that you have two unobstructed ways out of each room.
    • Select a meeting place outside, and make sure everyone knows it.
    • Make sure everyone’s cell phone has the emergency phone number for your fire department.

    Mark Conroy is an engineer in our Boston office and a member of the NFPA 10 Technical Committee.

    Employee Spotlight

    Meet Abbie Turknett

    Alarm Account Specialist

    On the first Tuesday after Labor Day, in September 2016, Abbie officially began her career with Brooks, and it’s been full speed ahead ever since. Having heard a lot of good things about Brooks, she was pretty much sold. But not having to change her drive to work (her old company shares a building with us) sealed the deal.

    As a lead customer service representative, for a well-known Facility Maintenance Call Center, Abbie spent seven years placing work orders for companies and vendors that just so happened to use Brooks parts to protect their buildings. It was kind of surreal for her to go from placing orders to taking them at Brooks—and in the alarm side of our business. “It’s cool that I use to be that person that called property managers to let them know their alarm’s sounding. Now, having worked both sides, I know the urgency of protecting customers and their property,” says Abbie.

    Asked what she enjoys the most about working at Brooks, Abbie’s quick to tell anyone, “Everything.” But she especially enjoys being part of the Alarm Team, helping their customers save lives and property. “I just had to be part of that team and the magic that is Brooks,” she goes on to say. “Taking care of each customer, with the highest level of service and respect I can muster, is my main priority.” She’s learned a lot, too, in the two years she’s been with us. Her attention to detail and bright, bubbly personality serves her, her customers, and Brooks very well indeed.

    As far as life away from work, Abbie has a lot to be thankful for. The South holds a very special place in her heart and so does the Girl Scouts (having been one herself). She’s the oldest of three children and a graduate of the Memphis College of Art, with a BA in Painting and Art History. (Ask her about Geometric Abstract Painting next time you talk to her…should be real interesting.) She’s also married to her best friend and “rock”, Brandon Turknett, who she shares the love of her life with, their 4-year-old daughter, Riley Harper. This little one keeps mommy’s art talents alive too—painting, drawing, and playing every day. By the way, the three Turknetts are about to be four—Abbie’s expecting a baby boy this November!

    Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in these articles are the author’s only and provide limited information. Although the information is believed to be reliable, Brooks Equipment Company, LLC expressly disclaims any liability for errors or omissions. The user of this article(s) or the product(s) is responsible for verifying the information’s accuracy from all available sources, including the product manufacturer. The authority having jurisdiction should be contacted for code interpretations.