Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

At Bison Fire Protection, our top priority is the safety of our customers. Whether you’re a homeowner or business owner, we stay on top of product recalls to stay on top of your safety. Recently, Kidde - a brand of fire protection and suppression equipment - recalled two styles of their fire extinguishers over widespread issues and concerns that they may not work when you need it most.

The recall number is 18-022, and the recall date is November 2nd, 2017.

Why Are the Fire Extinguishers Being Recalled?

All Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles are being recalled. These extinguishers may become clogged during use, or may need extra force to discharge during an emergency situation. This may also lead to a failure to activate during a fire-related emergency. On top of these issues, the plastic nozzle may detach forcefully enough to cause damage on impact.

There has been one death related to these fire extinguishers problems manufactured by Kidde, stated in a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The majority of issues are related to a nozzle detachment and failure to discharge issue. Kidde is remedying this issue with the replacement of these specific fire extinguishers.

What Fire Extinguishers Have Been Recalled?

Two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers have been recalled:

  • Fire extinguishers with plastic handles
  • Pindicator push-button fire extinguishers

Overall, the recall is for 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers. These extinguishers were manufactured over a widespread scope, between January 1st, 1972 and August 15th, 2017. The most recent recall by Kidde follows two other recalls, in March 2009 and February 2015. However, this recall includes all models that have previously been recalled.

There are over 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers being recalled, some of which have been available to customers for decades. On top of the one death linked to the fire extinguisher, 391 other reports have been filed surrounding the failure of the extinguisher to work properly, or reports of the nozzle coming off. These issues have been linked to 16 injuries, including minor burns and smoke inhalation.

What Do These Fire Extinguishers Look Like?

The plastic handle and Pindicator push-button fire extinguishers are either ABC or BC rated, and come in red, white, and silver. They were sold at a variety of stores, including Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Menards, Montgomery Ward, and other hardware and home stores.

They have also been available for purchase online, on platforms like Amazon and ShopKidde. They were touted as useful for recreational vehicles, boats, and commercials trucks as well, so ensure that you check your extinguisher in these vehicles.

When looking to see if your Kidde fire extinguisher has been recalled, check the model number, which you can find on the fire extinguisher label. If your extinguisher was produced in 2007 or later, you can find the 10-digit date code on the side of the cylinder near the bottom of the piece of equipment.

If your model was made before 2007, there is no date code printed on the extinguisher itself. Otherwise, this code can be read by reading digits five to nine, laid out in a DDDYY format. The specific date codes for the recalled models that were made from January 2nd, 2012 to August 15th, 2017 are 00212 to 22717.

If you’re curious as to how to replace your extinguisher for free, contact Kidde at (855) 271-0773 to online at www.kidde.com. For more information on fire safety equipment for your home, business, or vehicle, contact Bison Fire Protection today for service in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, Regina, or Saskatoon.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Top 10 Things To Keep In Your Fire Safe Box

Bison's Top 10 Things to Keep in Your Fire Box

Many of us choose to keep important items in a safety deposit box, but when it comes to items which we may want or need in the event of an emergency, death, or home fire, keeping a fire-safe box on your property is always a smart choice.

Why Invest in a Fire-Safe Box?

Many people believe that keeping important items in a bank safety deposit box is the most secure way to store important documents and files, but these boxes are only available during regular business hours when your bank branch is open.

This means that items like your passport, insurance, and other essential items should be kept on-hand in your home, ideally in a fire-safe box or safe. That way they can be easily located if you need them, but will be safe and secure in the event of an unexpected home fire.

What Should You Put in Your Fire-Safe Box?

The contents of your fire-safe box may vary depending on your needs, and what you think is important to keep close at hand in the event of an emergency.

However, below is a list of important items which every homeowner should strive to keep in their fire-safe box. They include:

1. Property insurance and agent information. If your home suffers any damage due to a fire, you’ll want to have these documents in-hand as soon as possible.

2. Personal identification. These documents can include: passports, birth certificates, social security cards, and other pieces of personal identification for your family.

3. Lists of medical information. Make sure to include the names of your family doctor (multiples if your family has multiple doctors), prescriptions for medication, and contact information for all pharmacies you frequent.

4. A USB stick with personal information. Don’t let your personal photos and memories get lost in a fire; keep them safe and secure on a USB stick in your fire-safe box to recover later.

5. Important documentation. Keep important papers relating to bank accounts, investments, retirement plans, and other associated information in the box. It may also be a good idea to keep some cash for emergency use, as well.

6. Debt information. Keep all documentation relating to bank loans, lines of credit, mortgages, including total debts and due dates in your fire-safe box.

7. Copies of all legal documents. Make sure to include any living wills, health care proxies, and other important legal documentation on-hand, both for yourself and anyone for whom you are the designated caretaker or surrogate.

8. Copies of wills in which you are the executor. It’s important to keep these documents on-hand, as the contents of a safety deposit box are typically sealed upon notification of the box other’s death, meaning you may not be able to access these documents after the individual passes.

9. Valuables. Include any sentimental or expensive jewelry, cash, coins, etc. that you may want access to from time to time, but which should be stored away when not in use.

10. Spare keys. Include keys to any additional properties, vehicles, offices, etc.

Remember: this list is intended to be a suggestion for the items to keep in your fire-safe box. What you choose to store and protect depends entirely on you, your family, and your lifestyle.

For more information about how you can be prepared in the event of an unexpected home fire, contact your local experts at Bison Fire Protection. With offices in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. Find us online, or by calling 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fire Planning and Prevention For Busy Business Owners

Bison's Fire Planning and Prevention Tips

Being a business owner means that your employees rely on you to keep them safe. Not only does ensuring your employees safety save lives, but it can also mitigate the risk of damage, litigation, and more. As a result, ensuring that the proper fire protection systems and processes are in place is critical for any responsible business owner.

What can you do to prevent the damage, complications, and financial challenges posed by an unexpected fire? Keep reading to find out:

Start With a Solid Fire Plan

Having a proper fire escape plan is the best way responsible business owners can keep their employees and investments safe in the event of a fire. Not only can a planned, rehearsed fire escape plan reduce the risk of injury in an emergency, but it can also help avoid confusion during critical times, reducing the likelihood of damage and loss of life in the event of a fire.

What you can do: make sure that everyone in your office knows the proper evacuation procedures in the event of a fire. Put up escape routes on signs around your office and run fire drills regularly in order to ensure that everyone knows where to go.

Additionally, taking the time to adequately train employees on how to use the fire extinguishers located throughout the building can mean the difference between a small fire and a full-blown emergency which can damage your business and put your employees and staff at risk.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

One of the biggest mistakes any business owner can make is neglecting to adequately rehearse their fire escape plan. Not only does this put your employees at risk, but it also reduces the likelihood that a member of your staff will have the mental clarity to properly use a fire extinguisher in the event of a fire.

Often, business owners will experience pushback from staff who see these exercises as a waste of time and productivity, but it’s critical to be firm and insist that proper training, practice, and awareness are routine business within your organization.

Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

Offices are among the highest-risk areas of small fires escalating quickly due to the unusually large amount of files and papers which are often located on the premises. Of course, many modern businesses are currently transferring to a “paperless” or “paper-free” office and digitizing much of their documentation and processes, but it’s unlikely that even the most forward-thinking office will be rid of paper entirely.

With this in mind, investing in an adequate fire suppression system which includes regularly tested, fully-functioning smoke alarms and sprinkler systems can go a long way towards providing both you and your employees with the peace of mind you need in order to feel safe, productive, and happy in your place of business.

Enlist the Experts

For more information about how you can protect your business from the threat of unexpected fires, contact your local experts at Bison Fire Protection. With offices in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. Find us online, or by calling 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

3 Ways to Protect Your Business from a Fire

Bison Fire's 3 Ways to Protect Your Business

Fires can be devastating for any business owner. In addition to the risk of injury and even death of the occupants in the building, even the smallest fire can lead to expensive damage and repairs to the building you own.

With this in mind, taking precautionary steps to reduce the risk of a fire is essential to ensuring that your business is protected and secure. Below are three critical steps to take to keep your business, employees, and investments from being consumed by an unexpected fire:

1. Start With Proper Prevention

The first step to avoiding a fire is to prevent fire hazards from being present in your business or office building. Taking proactive steps to fire prevention is essential, and it’s important to stress this importance to your leadership team and employees, so everyone can be aware of what they need to do in order to limit fire hazards.

Some of these steps include:

 

  • Eliminate clutter. Stacks of boxes, books, paper, and trash are flammable and can easily start out-of-control fires from a single spark.

 

  • Limit or prohibit space heaters. While Canadian winters may often necessitate the use of a space heater, if left unattended these devices can easily start fires in your office. Instead, consider turning up the heat in your office to discourage space heater use.
  • Prohibit the burning of candles or incense. Some employees may want to burn sweet-smelling candles at their desk, but while these items may make for a welcoming workspace, they can easily lead to unexpected fires.

2. Install and Test Your Fire Alarms

If a fire were to happen in your business, a properly installed and maintained fire alarm is critical to preventing extensive damage, injury, and death. Fire alarms provide your employees with the time to safely evacuate the building and avoid the dangers of being caught inside during a blaze.

In order to ensure that your alarms are working properly, regularly test your fire alarms, run fire drills, and double-check that the batteries are fully charged.

3. Install and Provide Training for Fire Extinguisher Use

Fire extinguishers need to be installed correctly in every business, regardless of where your office is located. If you aren’t sure where the fire extinguishers should be installed in your office, contact a professional and ask for assistance in installing and maintaining your fire suppression system.

In addition to ensuring that your fire extinguishers are properly installed, investing in training for your employees in order to make sure that they can use the devices if the need should arise can mean the difference between a small, manageable emergency and a life-threatening blaze.

Keep your business safe and secure, and protect your investments and employees by taking the right precautionary steps. For more information contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. Find us online, or by calling 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week

With the arrival of fall and cooler weather, it’s time to get serious about keeping your home, your workplace, and the environment safe from dangerous and potentially destructive fires. Luckily enough, October brings along with it Fire Prevention Week. This important commemorative week aims to start the discussion of fire prevention within schools, places of work, and the home, hoping to inspire North American citizens to create healthy habits that can keep themselves, and their loved ones, as safe from a fire-related emergency as possible.

When Did Fire Prevention Week Begin?

As the longest running public health observance event on record according to the National Archives and Records Administration’s LIbrary Information Center, Fire Prevention Week was first established in 1992. This annual week serves to commemorate the victims of The Great Chicago Fire, which killed over 250 people in 1871. On top of the horrific loss of life, 10,000 residents were left homeless, 2000 acres of area were burned, and over 17,400 structures and buildings were completely destroyed.

There is a popular legend surrounding how exactly the Great Chicago Fire began, involving a cow, a barn, and a lamp. According to the legend, a cow belonging to Catherine O’Leary, kicked over a lamp which set the barn on fire. This barn was set on the southwest side of Chicago, and once this fire spread, the whole town was eventually set ablaze. However, recent research has basically debunked this legend.

Interestingly enough, the Great Chicago Fire cow theory does have an ounce of truth, as the fire has been proven to almost certainly have started near Catherine O’Leary’s farm. There have been multiple theories behind what actually caused the fire to start. Multiple historians and investigative journalists have tried to come to a conclusion, including that it was a neighbour of Catherine O’Leary who started the fire, that the fire was started by a couple of  nearby boys were sneaking a cigarette behind the barn, or that the fire started when a firey meteorite hit.

Fire Prevention Week 2017

No matter how the Great Chicago Fire started in 1871, there is now more open access to fire prevention information and tips than ever before in history. This year, Fire Prevention Week falls on the week of October 8th to 14th, 2017. Each year, a new theme is chosen as the centre of discussion and a focal point of fire safety inspiration. “Every Second Counts - Plan 2 Ways Out!” is the chosen theme for 2017, attempting to highlight the importance of having multiple evacuation plans and paths for your home or place of work. Here are some important tips for creating multiple evacuation plans to keep you and your loved ones safe:

  • Plan out the escape routes with your family or work team to ensure everyone knows the safest ways out of the building.
  • Make sure that your exits are accessible for everyone. Ideally, there won’t be too many stairs or obstacles in the pathway.
  • Test your smoke alarms, or install smoke alarms in rooms where there are none.
  • Put furniture underneath the windows in basements to create an easier escape route.
  • If your home has multiple stories, a rescue ladder is helpful for higher levels.
  • Teach your children how to safely feel doors for fire, and ensure that they know that they need to get out and stay out of the home in case of a fire-related emergency.

For Fire Protection Week 2017, take the time to discuss fire prevention and safe evacuation with your family and community. Are you looking for more information on fire prevention and fire safety equipment? Contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. Find us online, or by calling 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

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