Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Can Your Kitchen Suppression System Take The Heat

Bison Fire's Guide to Can your suppression Take the Heat

When was the last time you had your kitchen fire suppression system inspected? Do you know if your system is ready to protect your food prep facility, commercial kitchen, or restaurant?

Many restaurant owners either don’t know the answers to these questions, or they don’t particularly care what goes into a fire suppression system inspection, and why it matters.

Luckily for most business owners, knowing the specifics isn’t that important (that’s why they rely on experts like our technicians at Bison Fire Protection!)

Our qualified technicians know that running a busy commercial kitchen can lead to a lot of risky situations which may lead to fires, which is why we take kitchen fire suppression system inspections very seriously.

What Goes Into a Kitchen Fire Suppression System Inspection?

Just like every business, most commercial kitchens have unique features or qualities that need to be taken into consideration when performing an inspection. If you’re not sure how your kitchen differentiates from others in your industry, give us a call.

Generally speaking, these are the steps which are typically involved with conducting a thorough kitchen fire suppression system inspection:

  • An inspection of the link line and the position of the detectors.
  • A visual inspection of the conduit and the location of the appliance, duct, and plenum nozzles.
  • Tests of the remote pull stations.
  • Ensuring that the electricity and gas shuts off when the system is activated.
  • Replacing fusible links.
  • Ensuring that the gauge on pressurized tanks is at the right level.
  • Performing an internal inspection of non-pressurized tanks to check for corrosion..
  • A thorough exam of all cylinders, including verifying and recording the hydro test date.
  • Examining the regulator to record and verify test dates.
  • Removing and cleaning all nozzles to remove potential clogs.
  • Testing all electrical interlocks.
  • Inspecting piping and copper tubing for tightness and wear and tear.
  • Recording any deficiencies discovered during the inspection.

Reliable Kitchen Fire Suppression System Inspections

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, January 10, 2019

How to Keep Your IT Department Safe From Fire

Bison Fire's How to's on keeping your IT Dept Safe

A fire in a data center or in your company’s IT department has the potential to be devastating for your business. Not only do fires run the risk of injury and loss of life, but a data center fire may destroy all your data and equipment… and take your company with it.

Even the downtime and the loss of productivity caused by a fire could cost you thousands of dollars, which is why it’s critical to take the necessary steps to keep your IT computer room safe from a fire.

Computer Room Fire Safety Tips

Protecting your business’ investment in electrical hardware isn’t that hard; you just need to follow these key steps:

Keep the Room Organized

Never store combustible materials in your computer room and always make sure to keep the space free from clutter. If dust is allowed to accumulate near your electronic equipment it causes heat which can lead to a fire-starting spark.

Another important reason to keep these spaces clear and clutter-free is that your staff will be able to quickly evacuate in the event that a fire does break out.

Keep All Power Cords in Good Condition

One of the leading causes of fires in data centers and computer rooms is old, frayed wiring. Make sure to regularly inspect and replace any cables that that look frayed or damaged.

Another important tip is to avoid overloading your extension cords with multiple cables. Not only can overloaded extension cords have the potential to blow a fuse, but overloaded cords are a major risk of sparks.

Clean Your Computers

When was the last time you took your PCs apart and thoroughly cleaned them, both inside and out? If you can’t remember, then now’s the time!

Dust is extremely flammable, and can burn your building down if you don’t clean it regularly. With this in mind, make sure to keep the room clean from dust and debris.

Have and Emergency Plan

It’s critical to ensure that you’re prepared in case the worst happens. Make sure your employees know how to escape from the room safely in the event of a fire, and ensure that all key staff are trained to use a fire extinguisher.

Schedule Fire Protection System Inspections 

Your safety precautions are only effective if they will actually work in the event of an emergency. Call Bison Fire Protection to inspect your fire safety systems and we’ll make sure that they’ll keep you safe and compliant with local fire codes.

Fire Suppression Systems for IT Rooms and Data Centers

No data center of computer room is complete without a properly-functioning fire suppression system to take out a fire if one does occur. For the most up-to-date information on the best systems for your organization, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection today.

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, January 02, 2019

How Do I Set Up a Fire Drill For My Business?

Fire Drill

“How do I set up a fire drill for my business?” is a question that every business owner should ask themselves as part of their fire preparation planning. A fire drill plan ensures that your staff are properly trained in what to do in the event of a fire, including how to safely leave the building in an emergency.

The experts at Bison Fire Protection suggest that you schedule at least one fire drill per year in your building (one per building if you own multiple properties). By scheduling regular fire drills you can reduce the potential risk of injury, confusion, and potential disorientation if a fire emergency occurs in the building.

Follow these steps to set up a fire drill for your business that will keep your staff protected in an emergency situation:

1. Schedule the Fire Drill

Choose the day you want to conduct the fire drill and contact the company that monitors your alarm system to let them know there will be a drill. This step is critical to ensuring that the fire department doesn’t get called!

Let them know the exact time of the drill, and how long you expect it to take.

2. Initiate the Fire Drill

To initiate the fire drill, check your fire alarm panel to see if there’s a “Fire Drill” option. If there is, then you can use this feature to activate the alarms quickly and easily.

If there’s no “Fire Drill” option, simply use the closest pull station to sound the alarms and begin the drill.

3. Evacuate the Building

As everyone is evacuating the building, pay attention to:

  • How long does it take for everyone to evacuate?
  • Does everyone know the procedures to exit safely?
  • Are people closing doors behind them as they are exiting?
  • Is everyone staying cool, calm, and collected?
  • Was everyone accounted for during the headcount?

Your answers to these questions will tell you if you need to conduct another fire drill in the near future to reinforce the information needed to keep everyone safe.

4. End the Drill

Once the drill is complete and everyone has exited the building, record the data on how long it took to evacuate and any changes or improvements you can make for next time.

Once the drill is over, silence the alarm by either resetting the pull station, or the fire alarm system. Now it’s safe for everyone to re-enter the building, and time to contact the fire alarm monitoring company to let them know the drill is complete.

Protect Your Business Today

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 19, 2018

What Causes Your Fire Sprinklers to Fail

Bison Fire's What causes your fire sprinklers to fail

There are many reasons why your fire sprinkler may fail. As local experts in fire sprinkler systems, the experts at Bison Fire Protection can help you avoid the common pitfalls which may lead to a compromised and failing system.

The Canadian prairies, where we operate, experience all four seasons (often to the extreme). Whether temperatures are below freezing, or summers that are hotter and drier than usual, we’ve seen it all - and so has your fire sprinkler system. That’s why it’s important to be aware of what could cause your fire sprinkler system to fail.

Common Problems That Could Cause Your Fire Sprinkler to Fail

Heat

Since fire sprinklers are activated by heat, if the temperature in your building becomes too hot it may have a significant impact on your sprinkler performance in a time of emergency.

Make sure to take how hot your building gets during the summer months so you can determine the right temperature for your fire sprinklers to activate.

Freezing

Many of us in the prairies know the horrors of a frozen pipe; whether it’s in your home or your business, taking precautionary measures will help make sure your pipes don’t freeze this winter.

If the water in your pipes freezes it may cause them to expand, burst, crack, or start leaking once the pipes begin to thaw. The easiest way to avoid frozen pipes is to have your antifreeze levels checked annually, maintain drum drips on your dry system, and make sure your heaters are turned on during the winter months.

Corrosion

Corrosion is a serious problem which can have a massive impact on the functionality and reliability of your fire sprinklers. Corrosion can lead to damage, leaks, blockages, and damage to your sprinkler system, so it’s important to know how and where it’s happening, and to call a professional for assistance as soon as possible.

Improper Installations

Unfortunately, not every installation is the same quality. If your fire sprinkler isn’t installed properly, or it isn’t properly maintained, it may lead to serious mechanical problems.

Luckily, the easiest way to avoid this issue is to work with qualified fire protection experts like the ones at Bison Fire Protection.

Don’t Let Your Fire Sprinkler Fail You

Bison Fire has worked with many businesses throughout the Winnipeg area, with additional offices in Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, and Regina.

If you’re 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 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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