Wednesday, April 24, 2019

4 Smoke Alarm Facts to Keep You Safe

Smoke alarms not only save lives, but could also save your property, possessions, and investments from severe fire damage. Unfortunately, most people don’t really understand how their smoke alarm works, the right kind to use for to protect their space, and how to maintain them properly.

Today we’ll be discussing the top four smoke alarm facts that can help keep your home and business a safer, better protected place. Keep reading and tweet us your favourite smoke alarm facts!

Smoke Alarm Facts

There are Different Types of Smoke Alarms

It’s important to remember that there are many different kinds of smoke alarms can be used to protect your building. The primary difference is whether you use a manual, or an automatic, smoke alarm.

Automatic alarms will go off once the detector senses heat or smoke in the area, while a manual smoke alarm will require you (or someone in nearby) pulls the lever to sound the alarm.

You MUST Test and Maintain Your Smoke Alarm

No matter what type of smoke alarm you buy, regular maintenance is an essential component of making sure your smoke alarm always works when you need it the most.

Luckily, maintaining your smoke alarm is easy: make sure they’re clean and clear of any dust buildup or debris, and test your alarms roughly once a month by pressing down on the ‘Test’ button for a few seconds to see if the alarm sounds. If it doesn’t, you may need to replace the batteries or call for an inspection.

In addition, make sure to book regularly scheduled maintenance with a qualified fire protection company to inspect, test, and keep a record of your smoke alarms and fire system.

Don’t Forget to Change the Batteries!

Many people think of smoke alarms as “set it and forget it” fire protection, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Since smoke alarms are battery operated it’s essential to test them regularly and to swap out the batteries with a fresh set at least once a year.

Even if you’ve never heard your smoke alarm go off, the batteries should be replaced anyway.

Interconnect Your Smoke Alarms

Interconnecting your smoke alarms means that if one goes off, all the rest should go off as well.

Interconnected smoke alarms will keep you safe by alerting you to an issue that may be happening in a part of the building you’re not currently in. This added level of security guarantees that you will hear the alarm in time to get out of the building before the fire has more time to spread.

Protect Your Building Today

Bison Fire Protection is a fire protection company servicing Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, and Regina. We install, inspect, and repair your fire protection systems and ensure that your building is properly protected and safe. Give us a call at 866-441-3473 today to schedule an appointment with a fire safety expert.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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

 

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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