Fire Door Safety Alert

NFPA Code 80* requires all fire doors regardless of use to be tested and inspected annually. DASMA** recommends the following procedures:

  • Visual Inspection
  • Operational Check
  • 1st Drop Test
  • Reset the door
  • 2nd Drop Test

DASMA** recommends drop tests should be performed by a trained fire door system technician. Our team at Southern States Dock & Door realizes this can be a daunting task to tackle that’s why we are here to help.

Contact us today to schedule your fire door drop test. 866.350.3593

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Winter is Coming! Be Prepared by Winterizing Your Dock & Door Facilities


Prepared Your Dock & Door Facilities For Winter

It’s that time of year again! It is time to prepare your warehouse for seasonal changes. Winterizing the dock and door area of your facility should take top priority otherwise energy efficiency literally slips out the back door.

Striving to apply green initiatives in your business is a sensible idea, especially at dock and door operations in commercial and industrial business environments where it makes dollars and cents to ensure your loading dock is operating as efficiently as possible.  

Letting heating energy operating cash go out the door is preventable. Here are a few tips to make sure your dock and doors are as energy efficient as possible with a measurable return on investment (ROI).

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OSHA Battery Compliance Tips


Get Your Industrial Battery Care In OSHA Compliance Today

Material handling equipment that is powered by industrial batteries produce less emissions than gas powered units and in most cases no emissions. Zero emissions however, does not mean zero hazards or dangers. Safe battery care procedures must be followed to reduce the chance of injury, damage or death when charging and servicing industrial batteries such as those used in forklifts and other material handling equipment.

Electric forklifts and material handling equipment are generally powered by large-lead acid batteries, which require routine charging and service. As a safety precaution OSHA requires that a specific area or room be designated for the sole purpose of battery charging and servicing.

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Lithium-Ion vs Lead-Acid

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Electric Forklift Throw-Down: Lithium-Ion vs Lead-Acid Batteries

Who would have ever believed that lithium-ion batteries would be such a popular source of power? Lithium-ion batteries power everything from cell phones and laptops to tablets and other computer electronics. Lithium-ion batteries offer high-density storage and on average, store about three times the energy of a comparable lead-acid battery. So why are they not in every new electric truck on the market?

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Read the Fine Print. Battery Warranties Explained


As a user of industrial batteries, you may know that batteries are an expensive yet necessary investment. If there is an issue with a defective battery, warranty is normally the first thing customers want. Let us explain battery warranty to help you manage your fleet to avoid any costly downtime that may or may not be covered under warranty.   

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