Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bison Fire's How to Clean Fire Extinguisher Residue

Bison Fire's How to Clean Fire Extinguisher Residue

Although it’s not ideal, there are times that a fire-related emergency occurs. When this happens on a small scale, a small portable fire extinguisher is probably the only type of fire safety equipment needed to extinguish the fire fully.

However, after an extinguisher has been used to quench a fire, it’s time to deal with the clean up. Because different types of portable fire extinguishers are meant for varying types of fires, the materials contained require specific clean-up methods. Use the following tips and tricks to completely clean various types of fire extinguisher residue effectively:

Types of Fire Extinguishers

As mentioned above, there are various types of fire extinguishers that are each designed to quench different types of fires. The type of extinguisher needed for environments vary, as a grease fire in the kitchen will act differently than an electrical fire in your home. Some types of portable fire extinguishers commonly found in homes and businesses include:

  • Clean agent fire extinguishers: Clean agent fire extinguishers are meant to put out fires around sensitive electronic equipment like computers, as the material dissipates into the environment in a “clean” fashion, not leaving damaging residue behind.
  • Dry chemical fire extinguishers: These small, portable extinguishers are ideal for minor emergencies in commercial environments.
  • Class K fire extinguishers: Class K fire extinguishers are designed to be used on grease fires in commercial kitchens.
  • Wet chemical fire extinguishers: Wet chemical fire extinguishers contain a liquid agent and are ideal for industrial or kitchen settings.

Cleaning Residue from Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers

As the extinguishing agent in wet chemical fire extinguishers can be irritating to eyes and skin, it’s vital that personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn during all stages of residue clean up. The residue will be foamy, so it’s important to scrub the area with hot and soapy water. Do the same for all areas that have been covered by the extinguishing agent.

When you’ve completed the initial clean-up, rinse all scrubbed areas with clean hot water.

Cleaning Residue from Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers

The clean-up process for dry chemical fire extinguishers differs from those with wet agents. The first step is to vacuum or sweep the chemical residue from the impacted area. Next, it’s important to break down the silicone that is present in the dry chemical agent. A combination of 50% warm water and 50% isopropyl alcohol should be sprayed on the area and allowed to soak in for a few minutes.

It’s important to neutralize the potassium and sodium bicarbonates as well, which can be done with a solution of 98% hot water and 2% vinegar. Monoammonium phosphate will also need to be neutralized, so clean the area with baking soda and hot water. After each neutralization process, make sure the area is rinsed thoroughly with hot water.

Cleaning Residue from Clean Agent and Class K Fire Extinguishers

The clean-up process for these type of extinguishers is relatively simple as compared to the others. With these fire extinguishers, there are no special steps or precautions to be taken, so clean the area affected by the fire in the most effective way.

Having to use a fire extinguisher is not an ideal situation in any setting. However, when used correctly and effectively, the clean up process can be straightforward.

At Bison Fire Protection, we’re proud to offer our expertise and knowledge to help you find the right fire protection equipment for your property. To schedule an appointment with one of our fire safety experts in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon, call 866-441-3473 or find us online today.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

5 Construction Site Fire Safety Tips You Need to Know

Bison Fire's 5 construction site safety tips

Construction site fires are a common occurrence around the globe. Most prairie inhabitants are used to the increased amount of construction during spring, summer, and fall. These construction sites range from restoring old historical buildings or creating brand-new skyscrapers to help a city grow.

However, many are unaware of the safety risks involved around construction sites, including just how much fire safety precautions and equipment are necessary to keep these areas safe for all around it. If a fire occurs on a construction site, there are a variety of negative effects, including endangering workers and civilians in the area and the irreplaceable damage to the site and surrounding structures.

Luckily, there are a variety of fire safety precautions that site supervisors must follow, including the creation of a fire safety plan and emergency procedures during the construction planning process. These plans often include requirements such as:

  • The amount of safe exit routes.
  • How these exit routes will be kept accessible.
  • The use of emergency light where necessary
  • The location and proper marking of exit routes.
  • The location of suitable fire safety and detection equipment.

If you work on or around a construction site, keep these 5 fire safety tips in mind:

1.  Ensure Emergency Exit Plans Are Up to Date

The main principle of construction is to change facets of a building or area. Because of this, it’s only natural that the construction site itself will change during the building or renovation process. To ensure the safety of workers and occupants, it’s vital that emergency exits are always well marked and clear of obstructions, especially if these exits change during construction.

2. Install Adequate Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

On a construction site, there are a variety of flammable and gaseous materials throughout the entire process. Whether a project is large or small, it’s vital that the necessary smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and alarms are installed. Because construction materials may be extremely flammable, making sure that any sign of a fire or harmful gas is detected right away can help keep countless workers and civilians safe.

3. Make Sure The Right Fire Extinguishers Are In Place

Fire extinguishers are available in different classes, as they’re each meant to extinguish different types of fires. Because there are so many materials on construction sites, they may require a variety of fire extinguishers. The main types of fire extinguishers found on construction sites are:

  • Class A: These extinguishers are meant to target wood and paper-based fires.
  • Class B: These extinguishers carry a foam or dry powder that targets flammable liquid fires.
  • Class C: These extinguishers are for electrical fires and contain either dry water mist or dielectrically tested foams.

Although all construction sites will require fire extinguishers, it’s important to note that large sites may need sprinkler systems in place.

4. Include Emergency Lighting On Constricted or Large Sites

Emergency lighting systems help both first responders and construction site workers enter or exit during a fire-related emergency. As power is frequently turned off during emergency situations, battery-powered lighting systems will help keep dark spaces illuminated when there is no available light sources, or when smoke is affecting visibility.

5. Train Employees on Fire Safety Procedures

Any person who is on a construction site should be well-versed in emergency procedures, including what to do during a fire on the site. Hold fire safety equipment training on a regular basis and complete evacuation drills for each new site.

If you’re construction company is gearing up for a busy season, prepare your fire safety plans and equipment now. At Bison Fire Protection, we’re available to help crews in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, or Saskatoon keep their employees and sites safe. Call 866-441-3473 today for more information, or find us online.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bison Fire Everything You Need to Know About Office Fire Extinguishers

Bison Fire Everything You Need to Know About Office Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are a commonplace piece of safety equipment in the workplace, including in most office spaces. OSHA states that fires are the most common emergency that small business spaces should plan for. These small-but-mighty fire extinguishing tools are vital in extinguishing small fires when found in time.

However, it’s important to note that not all fire extinguishers are meant to fight every type of fire. If you work in a small office space, it’s important to know what type of extinguisher is best suited for your specific needs. Read on to uncover the invaluable information needed to help you make the best decision for the workplace safety of your office and colleagues.

The Most Common and Useful Fire Extinguishers for Office Spaces

There are four types of fire extinguishers commonly found in office spaces, including:

Class A Fire Extinguishers for Solid Material

Class A fire extinguishers are meant for solid materials such as wood and other textiles. Because offices commonly have equipment such as chairs, paper, and wooden desks, this type of extinguisher will help control small fires with their water and additive agents.

Class B Fire Extinguishers for Electrical Fires

With such a high concentration of technology and electrical equipment, electrical fires are a common risk in office spaces. These extinguishers are suitable for small fires that have been ignited by flammable liquids or electronic equipment.

Foam-Based Fire Extinguishers

These extinguishers are suitable for extinguishing both Class A and Class B fires, or solid combustible materials and flammable liquid fires.

Water Mist Fire Extinguishers

These types of extinguishers are suitable for extinguishing small Class A, B, C, F and Electrical fires. Because they are multi-purpose extinguishers, they are commonly kept in office spaces and in corridors.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher Effectively

For fire extinguishers to be truly effective, they must be used correctly. Ensure that employees are trained to use the PASS method to extinguish small office fires:

P (Pull): Pull the pin on the top of the fire extinguisher.

A (Aim): Aim the nozzle of the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S (Squeeze): Squeeze the handle of the extinguisher to release the extinguishing material.

S (Sweep): Sweep the nozzle side to side at the base of the fire until it is extinguished.

How to Store Fire Extinguishers Properly

Fire extinguishers require proper storage to be as efficient as possible during a fire-related emergency. In small office spaces, this means that they should be stored nearest to where a fire is most likely to break out, such as close to electrical equipment.

Ideally, these extinguishers should be kept mounted on the wall or stored in visible cabinets so that all employees can easily access the equipment. Keep the area clear of obstructions, and if the extinguisher is kept in a glass-enclosed cabinet, ensure that there is a small hammer close by to break open the container.

Keep your office safe with help from Bison Fire Protection. We provide comprehensive inspections and fire safety equipment services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. To schedule your next appointment with one of our expert technicians, call 866-441-3473 or find us online.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Why Proper Emergency Lighting Systems Save Lives

Bison Fire Explains why Emergency lighting saves lives

When you think of fire safety equipment, practical solutions like smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and sprinklers probably come to mind. However, proper emergency lighting systems are an integral part of an effective fire safety plan in both residential and commercial buildings.

Whether you’re the owner of an apartment complex or a warehouse, your top priority is the safety of the people in your building. In emergency settings, some people tend to struggle with remembering rehearsed safety practices like the safest exit route, or may not be familiar with the posted fire emergency plan.

Adequate emergency lighting can make the difference between a smooth and safe evacuation and one that carries complications.

How Do Emergency Lighting Systems Work?

Emergency lighting systems operate using LED or incandescent bulbs that are powered by backup batteries that are activated when power is lost. These ligh

Emergency lights are placed in strategic locations in the hallways of large structures like condos, apartments, and commercial buildings. When activated, the lights demonstrate a safe path for evacuees, leading to stairwells and emergency exits. Often, lighting systems will also include lights at designated emergency points or fire pull stations to ensure that individuals can easily carry out emergency procedures.

What Types of Emergency Lighting Systems Are Available?

For fire safety implications, there are a variety of emergency lighting systems on the market.

Most commonly, there are maintained, non-maintained, and sustained options:

Maintained emergency lighting systems: These emergency lights are always activated, but are able to use battery power during power outages.

Non-maintained emergency lighting systems: This type of emergency lighting system is only turned on when there is a power failure.

Sustained: Sustained systems use two lamps. One lamp is used during normal power use situations in a building, while the other is only turned on and powered by a battery during emergency situations.

Why Choose to Install Emergency Lighting Systems?

Emergency lighting is critical for a proper emergency safety system of any large building. As the power is likely to go out or be turned off during a variety of emergency situations, adequate lighting provides a clear path to safety while people are prone to be panicked.

Not only are these lighting systems vital for helping keep employees or residents calm during an emergency, but they help first responders, too. In the case of fire-related emergencies, there is too often clouds of smoke that prohibit visibility. Emergency lighting systems provide first responders with a light source that allows them to move through an unfamiliar space to find the source of a fire and ensure that all occupants have evacuated safely.

Proper emergency lighting systems enhance the safety of every person in a building. Whether you have existing fire safety equipment in place, get in touch with your local fire equipment specialist to install or inspect your emergency lighting system.

At Bison Fire Protection, we have a variety of lighting units and exit signs available for your large residential or commercial space. Our trusted technicians are always ready to help protect your property from fire-related emergencies. For more information or to schedule your next appointment with us in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, or Saskatoon, call 866-441-3473 or find us online.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Difference Between Quick and Standard Response Fire Sprinkler Heads

Bison Fire Difference between Quick and regular response sprinkler heads

When it comes to fire suppression systems, sprinkler systems are quite common. However, many businesses and buildings who choose to invest in a sprinkler system are unaware that there are different types of sprinkler heads. Although it may seem like a minor detail, varying sprinkler heads serve specific purposes, meaning that different buildings require different sprinkler heads.

Choosing the right type of fire sprinkler heads can make a big difference in your fire protection plan, as their purposes are distinct in what type of fire-related hazard they extinguish. These sprinkler heads are available in two basic types: standard response fire sprinkler heads, and quick response fire sprinkler heads.

What is a Standard Response Fire Sprinkler Head?

A standard response fire sprinkler head works to moisten and cool the area surrounding a fire-related emergency. As the sprinkler heat wets and cools the area, the fire is prevented from spreading. Although this type of sprinkler head only suppresses the source of the fire to slow how quickly flames spread, the fire’s fuel is eventually eliminated, extinguishing the fire.

Standard response fire sprinkler heads are designed for precision, with only the sprinkler heads that are directly above a fire activated during an emergency. This individual activation means that standard response sprinkler heads best service industrial or commercial buildings, as they will not damage items that are far away from the source of the fire.

What is a Quick Response Fire Sprinkler Head?

A quick response fire sprinkler head cools the ceiling, preventing fire from rising high and spreading faster. This works because water from the sprinkler heads are discharged from higher up so that individuals stuck inside have an increased chance of survival with flashover fires being deterred.

Quick responsefire sprinkler heads are commonly found in buildings where there are lots of people at any given time, including large office buildings, schools, and health care facilities.

The Differences Between Sprinkler Heads and Why They’re Important

The most prevalent difference between standard response and quick response fire sprinkler heads is the temperature at which they’re activated. As they are more sensitive, quick response heads have a faster activation time than standard response fire sprinkler heads.

Physically, the two types of sprinkler heads look quite similar. However, quick response heads have a slightly smaller bulb than standard response sprinklers. The smaller bulb means that the quick response head is more responsive to temperature, providing it with it’s quick activation time.

Although faster response times may make more sense in certain environments (like high-density environments), they may not always be suited for a building. Factors like ceiling high, the size of the area, and ambient year-round temperature may make a building better suited for a standard response fire sprinkler head.

For all of your fire safety needs, the fire suppression professionals at Bison Fire Protection work hard to keep your commercial building safe. For more information on how we can help you protect your commercial or residential property in Winnipeg, Brandon, Kenora, Regina, Thompson, and Saskatoon,  contact us online or call 866-441-3473 today.

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