Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Types of Sprinkler Heads for Fire Protection

Bison Fires Types of Sprinkler Heads

As the owner of a commercial property or residential building it’s your responsibility to make sure your investment is properly protected against fires and other emergency situations.

This responsibility is why it’s critical to invest in high-quality fire protection equipment that will keep your building and whatever’s inside safe and unharmed in the event of a fire.

If you’re looking for the best fire protection system for your business, then a great place to start is to consider your fire sprinkler heads. Below we’ll highlight the most popular and common types of sprinkler heads, so you can make an informed decision:

Types of Sprinkler Heads for Fire Protection

There are four different types of sprinkler heads used in fire protection, each one designed to fight fires in different and unique ways. This means that each sprinkler head type reacts at different temperatures, and comes in different finishes and sizes.

Pendent Fire Sprinkler Head

Pendent fire sprinkler heads are the most common type of fire spinkler heads found in hotels, offices, warehouses, and factories. These sprinklers hang down from the ceiling and spray water in a circular motion in order to cover as much ground as possible.

The deflector - the metal piece at the end of the sprinkler head - is curved, which allows it to direct the spray of water in a cone-shape for maximum coverage.

Upright Fire Sprinkler Head

Upright fire sprinklers point upwards, towards the ceiling, with deflected curved down, so the water sprays in a hemispherical position. These sprinkler types are commonly used in mechanical rooms or other areas that are hard to access day-to-day, and are useful for covering obstructions like air ducts.

Sidewall Fire Sprinkler Head

Sidewall sprinkler heads are typically used for fire protection in tight, narrow spaces like small rooms or hallways. These sprinklers use a partial deflector to spray water in a half-circle shape, covering the entire area.

Concealed Fire Sprinkler Head

Concealed fire sprinkler heads are similar to pendent fire sprinkler heads, with one exception: concealed sprinklers have a cover plate, which helps it blend into the ceiling. The cover plate will only fall when the temperature rises to 20 degrees higher than usual, allowing the sprinkler to activate once it is exposed to the heat of a fire.

Keep your Building Safe

As a leader in fire protection across the prairies, Bison Fire Protection offers the most reliable services to residents and businesses alike.

If you operate a business in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina and are looking to know more about how to protect your investment from fire damage, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today to schedule an appointment with a fire safety experts.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Do You Know What to Do If a Fire Starts in Your High-Rise?

Bison Fires High Rise Fires

If we think back to our fire safety training, we know that the first thing we need to do in the event of a fire is to evacuate the building as quickly as possible once a fire alarm system has been activated.

However, with more high-rise buildings being built every year across the prairies, many of our customers have asked us questions about building evacuation in these types of buildings.

Not only are many office complexes taking up space in high-rise buildings, but increasing numbers of residential high-rise buildings are being built to accommodate the boom for housing in many Canadian provinces.

With that in mind, we wanted to answer some of your most pressing questions about high-rise building evacuation:

High-Rise Evacuation: The Basics

The first thing to consider when thinking about how to safely evacuate a high-rise is to remember that some high-rise buildings can hold several thousand occupants at any time, which can cause a lot of problems when the building needs to be evacuated.

Many building occupants may have problems descending down multiple flights of stairs, and when hundreds or thousands of people are trying to cram themselves down the same set of stairs it can become dangerous and time-consuming for them to all reach the ground floor safely.

In most cases, the floor where the fire started, as well as the floors immediately above and below, should be the first to evacuate using the stairs to a floor several floors below, and wait for instructions. 

What To Do When You’re Trapped in a High-Rise Building

In the event that a fire becomes too large and dangerous and you aren’t able to evacuate safely, the most important thing to remember is: stay calm.

Stay in an enclosed area with the door closed, and seal any cracks around the door to keep smoke from entering the room.

Once you’re safe in the room, do not try to exit by breaking a window or climbing out, as the broken glass could hurt you or rescue workers. Instead: call the fire department and give them your exact location. If possible, hang a cloth or something brightly-coloured out of the window so rescue workers can find you.

If there is no smoke outside of the window it can be opened slightly, but if smoke starts to enter the room through the open window close it immediately.

Do you need help protecting your business from a fire? Contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today to schedule an appointment with our fire safety experts.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Water Mist Fire Extinguishers

Bison Fire's Everything you need to know about Water Mist Extinguishers

What do you do when a fire starts in your building? If you’re like most of us, then your first instinct may be to reach for a fire extinguisher… but have you ever considered using a water mist fire extinguisher instead? These units are particularly handy, and can be effective at putting out a small fire without resorting to using a handheld fire extinguisher.

Keep reading to learn all you need to know about these useful alternatives to ordinary fire extinguishers, and why they may be your best choice the next time you encounter a small fire:

What Are Water Mist Fire Extinguishers?

Water mist fire extinguishers aren’t filled with foam like ordinary fire extinguishers, and contrary to popular belief they aren’t filled with regular water, either.

Instead, water mist fire extinguishers are loaded with de-ionized water which expels from the canister as a mist. This allows you to extinguish the fire without leaving behind a wet mess, as is the case with other fire extinguisher types.

This is especially beneficial for commercial businesses who are concerned about the powdery condition left behind by a traditional fire extinguisher.

How to They Extinguish Fires?

The biggest factor in how water mist fire extinguishers fight fires is that the water has been deionized, which means that it doesn’t conduct electricity. This is a huge boon for business owners, since it means that these types of extinguishers are safe to use around electrical equipment and appliances since it won’t cause any damage.

Another benefit to using water mist fire extinguishers is that they can be used on delicate materials and surfaces, since the nozzle design ensures that the water comes out in tiny, fine droplets that are almost too small to be seen with the naked eye.

What Types of Fires Should Water Mist Fire Extinguishers be Used For?

The primary type of fire that can be subdued using a water mist fire extinguisher is a Class A fire, or a fire that has started due to a heat or sparks which lead to combustion. These types of extinguishers can also be used on Class C fires, which are fires involving electrical equipment and other electrical hazards.

Commercial buildings like hospitals will also often rely on water mist fire extinguishers, since they need to keep the area as germ-free as possible while still suppressing the fire. Similarly, museums and data centers may also benefit from these extinguisher types, as they will cause less damage to the items and electrical components.

If you operate a business in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina and are looking to know more about water mist fire extinguishers, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The 3 Easiest Ways to Avoid Commercial Fires

Bison Fires 3 easiest ways to avoid commercial fires

When business owners take preventative steps to protect their commercial property from a fire, often we think of the basics: properly-functioning smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and fire suppression sprinklers.

What’s missing from this list? If you answered “employees” then you’re correct! This is because your employees may accidentally start a fire while at work, and without proper training they may not know what they could have prevented it.

With that in mind, here are the top three things you and your employees can to do minimize the risk of a fire in your commercial building:

Resolve Electrical Issues

Problems with wall outlets, plugs, wiring, and electrical equipment can all be the source of a fire if not fixed in a timely manner.

For example, if one of your wall outlets has a socket that looks burnt or charred, call an electrician as soon as possible and make sure that none of your staff use the outlet until it has been repaired by a qualified professional.

Similarly, many commercial fires start from overloaded extension cords and electronics that haven’t been powered down when not in use. This is especially commonplace in office settings, where staff may cram multiple extension cords together in order to make sure their desktop PCs, laptops, phone chargers, tablet chargers, printers, etc. are always plugged in.

Keep Clutter to a Minimum

Cluttered and messy spaces can be anxiety-inducing in many of us, but leaving files, folders, papers, and other flammable items lying around can be one of the biggest fire hazards facing your business.

These items pose a significant risk because - of course - paper is highly flammable, and a single spark from an outlet or extension cord, can cause a fire to erupt on a desk or in an area where papers have been allowed to pile up.

Not only does this pose a danger of fires starting in your business, but should a fire start these flammable papers could wind up impeding your staff from being able leave the building and safely evacuate during an emergency.

Not Paying Attention

The larger the business, the higher the likelihood that someone will make a mistake that can lead to an emergency situation. This isn’t cause for blame; after all, we all make mistakes from time to time, but employees need to know what’s at stake, and what is expected of them, in the event of a fire-related emergency.

For example, in order to avoid leaving the stove on in the break room, or to avoid something burning in the microwave, encourage staff to visit the break room in pairs or groups so there is always someone in the room to keep an eye on things.

If you operate a business in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina and are looking to know more about how to protect your investment from fire damage, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today to schedule an appointment with a fire safety experts.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Bison Fire's Halloween Tips

It’s October, which means that Halloween season is about to go into full swing. Many of us are looking forward to decorating with creepy candles, fake spiders webs, creepy candles, and our favourite Halloween costumes.

However, while these items often are the hallmarks of getting into the Halloween spirit, they also post an additional risk of fire hazards. If you’re planning to dress up and decorate your home this month, follow our steps to keep your home and loved ones protected from fires:

Halloween Decorating Safety Tips

Candles are one of the leading causes of home fires, resulting in over 15,000 fires each year and leading to some truly scary statistics:

  • Candle fires cause at least 166 deaths annually.
  • Candle-related fires are the cause of over 1,300 injuries.
  • Fires caused by candles cause $450 million in direct property damage.

Because Halloween is one of the most popular days for lighting candles, this holiday is among the top five days for candle-related fires. Avoid any real-life scares by following these decorating tips:

Use Battery-Operated Candles

Many people love putting candles in their jack-o-lanterns, but did you know that battery-operated candles are a perfect (and much safer) alternative? Just flip the switch and enjoy the spooky glow… without the potential for a fire hazard.

Another great option to go “candle free” is to experiment with using glow sticks instead of candles; these are also available in a variety of fun and interesting colours that can enhance your decorations without the potential of a fire.

Use Flashlights Instead of Candles or Tiki Torches

Many people love to light up their front yards and driveways with candles and tiki torches, but these can easily get knocked over and cause a fire. Not only does using flashlights keep your home and property protected, but they also minimize the risk that an excited trick-or-treater will brush against it in their costume.

Never Leave Candles Unattended

If you’re hooked on the idea of using candles to decorate then never, ever leave them unattended. Make sure to tell your children and trick-or-treaters to stay far away from any jack-o-lanterns or other decorations that are using candles.

Keep Combustible Decorations Away From Heat Sources

Remember: heat sources and combustible decorations don’t mix! Keep candles, portable heaters, and light bulbs away from decorations like dried flowers, crepe paper, corn stalks, and fake spider webs.

With these tips for decorating your home for Halloween you can keep this year’s celebrations festive, fun, and, most importantly, safe for everyone involved. For more fire safety tips, contact Bison Fire Protection today

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