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.
Like any property owner in the hotel or lodging industry, Thomas has had his run-ins with sprinkler mishaps, most often due to brides and grooms using it as a garment hanger.
But what struck us was the emphasis that Thomas put on training his staff in cases of sprinkler emergencies. The decision to purchase the water protection kit was one of pure necessity.
All of White Lodging Shutgun sprinkler shut off tools are placed next to the main fire panel box, so if a sprinkler is set off, the closest staff member can view the panel, grab the water protection gear and go investigate. They also ensure that each staff member is trained in how to use the Shutgun tool as well as procedures to follow.
After all, shouldn’t it be standard as part of facility management training for all front desk and night shift staff?
For many smaller properties, staffing during off hours is limited, sometimes just one person. Having not only the proper tools, but the proper protection gear would allow them to feel more confident in investigating these types of sprinkler related incidences.
The Shutgun Team