Wednesday, April 17, 2019

What To Do After A Fire

Bison Fire's what to do after a fire

The unthinkable has happened: you’ve just become the victim of an accidental fire. The smoke has cleared, the fire is out, and the fire department has left… what now?

At Bison Fire Protection our goal is to keep our customers from ever experiencing the personal and financial emergencies that often accompany an unexpected fire, but accidents do happen and our goal is to make sure our customers are as well-informed and prepared as possible.

That’s why today we’re discussing what you need to know if you ever find yourself trying to put the pieces back together after a fire.

Avoid Structural and Safety Hazards

Safety is always the first and most important concern. It’s essential that nobody - including you - goes into the structure after the fire has been extinguished. There may be structural issues, falling debris, or even electrical-safety issues that may not be immediately obvious at first glance.

In addition to structural hazards, it’s also important to consider the health issues that can be caused by smoke inhalation. Family members and others who have respiratory issues may want to consider avoiding staying in the damaged structure once the fire has been totally extinguished. This is because every fire generates particles of incomplete combustion (PICs) that remain present in the air and on surfaces even once the fire is out and can be easily inhaled.

In fact, depending on the severity of the loss, you, your family, and any other building occupants may need to consider leaving the building entirely, even if the fire affected only one part of the building.

The next step is to contact a professional mitigation company involved as soon as possible so the restoration and assessment process can begin. The faster the response, the higher the likelihood that property and possessions can be saved.

How Soon to Act?

One of the first steps to restoring your life (and your sanity) is to work with a professional mitigation company who can help you manage this stressful and challenging time. Unfortunately, many people wait several hours or even days to contact a mitigation company, which can exacerbate damage and make it harder to save valued items.

Need an incentive to act quickly after a fire has been extinguished? Check out this timetable of how quickly damage becomes permanent after a fire:

Within Minutes

Plastic and marble surfaces will begin to permanently stain within minutes, which means if you don’t act quickly areas like kitchen counters, bathroom counters, flooring, and mouldings may become so stained that you have no option but to replace them.

Within Hours

Hours after a fire, metals will begin to tarnish, grout will start to stain, and both fiberglass and furniture will begin to yellow beyond the point of repair.

Within Days

In the days after a fire, fabrics will be damaged beyond repair, flooring will be stained, and wood finishes on furniture, baseboards, and floors will be compromised.

These are just a few examples of why it’s critical to contact a professional mitigation company as soon as possible. The sooner the work of restoration can begin, the sooner you can start living in a healthy environment and keep the losses, damage, and costs associated with fire emergencies to a minimum.

If you live in in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina and are looking to know more about how to protect your building 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, April 10, 2019

Protecting Your Sprinklers Using Heavy-Duty Fire Sprinkler Head Guards

Bison Fire Protecting Sprinkler heads Using Guards

Behind every fire sprinkler is a series of pipes filled with water, ready to discharge at a moment’s notice. However, unwanted collisions with sprinkler heads can unintentionally trigger a discharge, leading to stressful and costly flooding situations.

While many fire codes require protection for impact-prone sprinklers, standard head guards - the go-to-devices used in impact protection - often aren’t designed to withstand some of the hits that a fire sprinkler may face in a large warehouse, manufacturing facility, or high-traffic area within a business.

In recent years many business owners have begun investing in heavy-duty fire sprinkler head guards as a method of protecting their sprinklers from damage and keeping their buildings safe from accidental floods.

How Do Heavy-Duty Fire Sprinkler Head Guards Work?

As many of us know, automatic fire sprinklers are equipped with a mechanical trigger - usually a small metal link or a glass bulb - which is joined to the sprinkler head with a heat-sensitive solder.

Unfortunately, these parts are often so delicate that they can be triggered from a bump by something as light as a clothes hanger.

While it’s rare that manufacturing defects will cause heat-sensitive components to break, there are a variety of situations where an accidental discharge - vandalism, carelessness, and other day-to-day incidents - can trigger an unwanted flood that can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

This is where heavy-duty fire sprinkler head guards save the day: these enclosures surround the fire sprinkler and prevent it from being bumped, jostled, hit, and otherwise collided with by accident.

By erecting a physical barrier (heavy-duty steel wiring) around your fire sprinklers you can protect your business, equipment, and investments easily, and feel secure in knowing that an act of carelessness or vandalism won’t trigger a flood.

Where Are Heavy-Duty Fire Sprinkler Head Guards Needed?

Any business, residential building, or facility that sees a lot of traffic may benefit from having a heavy-duty sprinkler head guard installed.

However, because of the high level of foot traffic, movement, and potential for chaos, places like schools, shopping malls, apartments, gymnasiums, libraries, and similar public facilities may see an added benefit from installing these protective guards.

Protective guards can be easily installed over existing fire sprinklers in very little time, and can provide years of comfort in knowing that an accidental bump or jostle won’t cause your sprinkler to activate.

For more information on heavy-duty fire sprinkler heads, and whether or not your business or facility may benefit from having them installed to protect your fire sprinklers, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection today by calling 1-866-441-3473.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Is Your Fire Suppression Outdated?

Bison Fire Protection Is you fire suppression outdated?

Do you know how well your clean agent fire suppression system is working?

Clean agent fire suppression systems are critical for keeping data centers, museums, and other facilities protected from fires without using water to suppress the flames and heat.

That’s why it’s essential to book regular inspections of your clean agent fire suppression system, because without them you have no way of knowing if your fire suppression system will save your equipment and personnel in an emergency.

Like a car that’s been sitting idle in the garage for a decade, a suppression system that goes unserviced may not start back up again when you need it. This makes booking an inspection of your fire suppression system a “must do” for any business.

What should you know about keeping your clean agent fire suppression system up-to-date? Keep reading to find out:

Check The Manufacturer’s Recommendations

Every fire suppression system comes with a recommended maintenance schedule. This means if a Bison Fire Protection technician installed your system, we strongly advise that you maintain the schedule we recommended when the system was first installed in the building.

If you weren’t present when the fire suppression system was installed, or if you’re not sure what your suppression systems maintenance schedule should be, give us a call at 1-866-441-3473.

Know The Best Times to Have Your System Inspected

Whenever the building changes hands. If you’ve recently moved into a new facility, or if you’re the new facility manager of a business, then we recommend booking a fire suppression system inspection as soon as possible.

Booking an inspection will allow you to familiarize yourself with the system, and to ask any questions from our technicians so you have all the information you need in the event of an emergency.

These inspections also allow transitions to go more smoothly by ensuring that no information is lost, misplaced, or forgotten when it comes to maintaining your fire suppression system.

Today. If you don’t remember when you had your last fire suppression system inspection, call Bison Fire Protection today. An outdated fire suppression system poses a major threat to everyone and everything in your building, and should be updated or replaced as soon as possible.

Making sure that your clean agent fire suppression system is up-to-date and working properly isn’t just about peace of mind: it’s also about keeping the people who work for you safe and protected in the event of a fire.

For more information about maintaining your clean agent fire suppression system and keeping it up-to-date, call the experts at Bison Fire Protection at 1-866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment with a fire safety expert.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Benefits of Sidewall Fire Sprinklers

Bison Fire's Benefits to Sidewall Sprinklers

Residential fire sprinkler technology has come a long way over the past few decades.

This is especially true within apartment complexes, where all major residential fire sprinkler manufacturers have developed horizontal sidewall sprinklers to offer an additional layer of protection.

What Are Sidewall Fire Sprinklers?

Sidewall sprinklers, as their name suggests, are mounted to the side of a wall instead of hanging down from the ceiling. These sprinklers are used in areas where ceiling access may be limited, or where freezing is a concern.

Most of the sidewall sprinkler models available on the market feature a small, heat-sensitive glass bulb. The bulb, when broken by intense heat, triggers the sprinkler which begins spraying water over the affected area.

These sprinklers are available in various finishes and temperature ratings, which means there’s no “one size fits all” sidewall sprinkler. These devices should be selected based on their heat activation threshold, and if you’re not sure which you need, ask your Bison Fire Protection specialist for help.

Get Custom

If you’re concerned about the aesthetic appearance of a sidewall fire sprinkler, never fear! Many manufacturers offer a variety of finishes in order to match the colour of the wall or surrounding area.

This allows your sidewall fire sprinkler to blend in with their surroundings, making them virtually invisible except when they’re needed during an emergency.

A Cost-Effective Option

Sidewall fire sprinklers can provide cost savings in situations where it’s not economical (or physically feasible) to run pipes across the length of a room in order to supply a ceiling-based sprinkler.

Additionally, because of how they spray water during an emergency, sidewall fire sprinklers can provide the residential required flow rates at reduced pressure, which allows for smaller pipe sizes and water supply requirements.

If you have questions about installing a sidewall fire sprinkler, or would like to know about the benefits of installing sidewall fire sprinklers in your apartment complex or residential facility, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection at 1-866-441-3473 today.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Life Safety And Fire Protection In Hospitals

Bison Fire's guide to Life Safety in Hospitals

Patient health and safety are top priorities in hospitals, which means installing a fire protection system should also be a top priority. Properly-functioning fire prevention and suppression systems not only keep patients safe, but also protect the staff, visitors, and equipment used by doctors and staff to treat patients and help them heal.

A Hospital’s Unique Risks

Hospitals are chaotic places, which means that they come with their own unique sets of challenges and complications which can lead to an increased risk of fire.

Below are some of the most important factors to take into consideration when planning your hospital fire safety plan:

Evacuation

Proper fire prevention is necessary in hospitals for multiple reasons. Firstly, patients in hospitals are often injured or critically ill, which means walking independently is often difficult, or in some cases impossible.

With this in mind, it’s critical for hospitals to have fire protection systems which will quickly extinguish a fire or detect a fire when it is in the early enough stages that the hospital has adequate time to evacuate all patients who can’t leave on their own.

Another significant risk is that hospitals have multiple floors, and if a fire occurs on a higher-level floor is can further complicate evacuation efforts.

Surgical Procedures

Fires are a serious threat to patients who are undergoing surgical procedures, as many surgeries can’t be interrupted because it may put the patient’s life at risk.

This makes effective fire prevention and suppression critical, not just to the overall safety in the hospital, but also to protecting the lives of the patients who are under the knife when a fire starts.

Labs Have Flammable Materials

Many hospitals have labs where specimens are sent for testing. These labs often use flammable materials and chemicals which can not only cause fires, but can accelerate the growth rate of a fire if it manages to infiltrate this area of the hospital.

Hospital labs must always be equipped with proper fire suppression systems which are tested on a regularly scheduled basis.

Kitchens

Hospitals often have large kitchens which constantly churn out food to feed patients, staff, and visitors alike, making this area a hotspot for fire-related activity. As a result, it’s important that all kitchen hood suppression systems and fire extinguishers are tested and in proper working condition to prevent fires from occurring in the kitchen of a hospital.

Hospital Fire Protection in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and NorthWestern Ontario

For hospitals in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina who are looking to know more about how to protect patients and staff from fires, 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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