Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Why Commercial Fire Sprinkler Inspections Are Important

Bison Fire's Guide to why commercial Fire Sprinkler Inspections Are Important

When it comes to protecting against the potentially devastating impact that a commercial fire can have on both people and property, there’s no replacement for a properly installed and maintained fire sprinkler system. In fact, these types of systems have been protecting commercial businesses from disaster since the late 19th century!

As a result of over a century of use and continued improvement, commercial fire sprinkler systems, which are designed to respond to heat instead of smoke and activate early to suppress a fire until the fire department can arrive with an additional blast of water, have become extremely efficient methods of fire suppression.

However, many businesses have allowed the regularly scheduled inspections and routine maintenance on these lifesaving systems to lapse, sometimes dangerously behind. After all, if your business isn’t regularly experiencing fire safety issues then it can be easy for fire sprinkler maintenance to be “out of sight, out of mind.”

At Bison Fire Protection we’re committed to delivering exceptional service and solutions that keep our customers, their staff, and their businesses safe. Our goal is to inform our customers and keep our friends and neighbours safe, which is why we’re sharing these important statistics about commercial fire safety inspections. Take a look:

Fire Sprinkler Stats You Need to See

A report from the National Fire Prevention Foundation (NFRP) found that even the most reliable sprinkler systems can be prone to failure. They shared shocking statistics that explain the major reasons for fire sprinkler system failure; take a look:

  • 17% failed due to lack of maintenance. If your commercial fire sprinkler system isn’t well-maintained, then the chances are likely that it may not operate properly in the event of an emergency.

 

  • 6% failed due to manual intervention with the system. In these cases an individual at the business turned off, or potentially damaged, the monitoring system which could have prevented a fire.
  • 64% of failures were due to a system shut off before the fire began. Regular inspections and maintenance are critical to ensuring that your system is always fully operational in the event of an emergency.
  • 7% of failures occurred due to component damage. Here, again, we see the need for regularly scheduled inspections and maintenance.
  • 6% of failures were due to an inappropriate system type for the type of fire. A competent fire protection technician (like our experts here at Bison Fire Protection) can help you determine the appropriate type of commercial fire sprinkler for your needs, so you can avoid this kind of emergency.

Your Winnipeg Fire Protection Experts

A well-maintained commercial fire sprinkler system is one that is always ready to deploy in the event of a fire. When was the last time you had yours inspected? Contact the team at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today. We provide top-notch fire safety services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Finding a Reputable Fire Inspection Company

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Bison Fire's approach to find a reputable service provider

Unfortunately there are companies throughout Canada and even right here who currently operating outside of Fire Code, which means sourcing the right company to handle your inspections and installations is more important than ever.

With the recent news that the City of Toronto’s Auditor General’s Report found that buildings from City Hall and Union Station and downtown daycares and care homes all suffered from a lack of compliance around fire safety standards, it’s more important than ever to do your due diligence when choosing a fire protection company.

Follow these simple steps to find a fire protection company who is trustworthy and reliable:

Source Local Fire Protection Companies

Many business owners work with fire protection companies whose offices are out-of-province, or even have head offices outside Canada!

This choice can be problematic because a responsible fire protection agency needs to be plugged in to the local laws and fire safety standards. Even if a company’s head office is in a different city, make sure that they have “satellite” offices in your city, town, or municipality so you can be sure they’re meeting every fire safety standard.

Prioritize Customer Service

Customer service in the fire protection industry is critical because lives and livelihoods are at stake when a building turns out to be noncompliant.

Additionally, you want to make sure that you can trust their team of technicians to respond promptly during an emergency, and who will work diligently in order to get the job done so you can get back to running your business.

Work with Versatile Companies

It’s not enough to have a fire protection company who comes in and inspects your fire extinguishers, fire alarms, sprinklers, or even your emergency lighting; your fire protection company should be able to handle any installations, inspections, and repairs needed to keep your business protected in the event of a fire.

For instance, while large buildings must have a standard fire alarm system, sprinkler system, (or a special hazard fire protection system, depending on the business) buildings that house businesses like restaurants may also have additional needs, such as ANSUL Fire Suppression systems which must be inspected and maintained frequently.

Look for Experience and Certifications

This should go without saying, but take your time to research potential fire protection companies and make sure that they have the experience and qualifications necessary to provide the level of professional service needed to meet fire codes and standards.

For instance, Bison Fire Protection has been servicing the Winnipeg market since 2001, which means we have 17+ years’ experience working with local business owners and understanding the rules and regulations surrounding fire safety in the province of Manitoba. Bison has also sat on several regulatory committees’ to ensure a balanced approach from industry stake holders. We currently sit on several industry and business Boards of Directors. This keeps us on top of trends and prepared when changes to our industry are proposed.

Additionally, as part of our commitment to you, our customer, we ensure that all Bison Fire Protection staff are trained and certified by each of our suppliers, as is required by the fire code. This investment in our staff pays dividends to you in efficient effective service. Experience has shown that customers prefer experts in their buildings. 

Finding a reputable fire inspection company can feel like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to!  Contact us today by calling 866-441-3473 today to provide qualified and professional fire safety services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon.

 

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Preventing Residential Kitchen Fires

Fire Safety in the Kitchen

 

Jessie and her daughter Steph recently contacted me after they had experienced a kitchen fire. Steph turned it into a learning opportunity and did some research on our website as well as in other areas. She found an interesting article about kitchen fires and asked me to share it.

It made my day seeing someone taking an interest in fire safety. Steph's a smart girl, I can see a bright future for her in the fire protection industry!

Here it is, and thanks Steph for helping to keep others safe.

Preventing Kitchen Fires in Your Home

 

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Raising the Alarm Over Fire Inspections

Bison Fire's Raising the Alarm Over Fire Inspections

What would you do if you spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a private vendor who failed to prove that they properly inspected the lifesaving systems within the building?

This is the question many people are asking after the recent announcement by the City of Toronto’s Auditor General Beverly Romeo-Beehler that concluded that just one City building was found to be in compliance with the Fire Code.

Her investigation found that buildings from City Hall and Union Station and downtown daycares and care homes all suffered from a lack of compliance around fire safety standards. The shocking report paints an “alarming” picture of how a combination of bureaucratic indifference and deceitfulness on behalf of the private firm put employees, firefighters, and visitors at risk.

Toronto Mayor John Tory shared his “utter disappointment” with the findings, and called the lack of cooperation and accountability between the private firm and City staff “a disgrace.”

Dishonesty in the Private Sector

The report states that a company, headed by Mr. Rauf Ahmad (also known as Rauf Arain) called York Fire Protection was hired by the City of Toronto to handle life safety inspections for multiple city-owned buildings for a number of years.

The company, which according to the report also operates under several other names including Advanced Detection Technologies Corp., and Advanced Fire Control has done similar work for other private buildings throughout Toronto and the surrounding municipalities.

The Auditor General’s investigation, which covers the period of 2010-2017, accuses the contractor of invoicing for work and inspection reports that were never completed, claiming unwarranted compensation and putting the lives of the people working and living in the buildings at risk.

As a result of the City of Toronto Auditor General’s findings the Toronto Fire Services have laid a total of 58 Ontario Fire Code charges against Mr. Ahmad and the companies associated with his name.

Indifference in the Public Sector

Of course, none of this would have happened if there hadn’t been a significant amount of indifference within the public sector. The lack of accountability and follow-through, both on ensuring that the invoices being paid were for work that was completed as well as ensuring that the findings were accurate and up-to-code, 

“The good news from this report is that it’s a fixable problem. All of the actions I think the city should take are listed in the report as the recommendations,” said Auditor General Beverly Romeo-Beehler in an email to The Toronto Star.

This increased focus on transparency and accountability is a boon for the citizens of Toronto, and is indicative in a larger cultural shift towards safety and responsibility in both the public and private sectors.

Find a Reputable Fire Safety Company in Winnipeg

Unfortunately there are companies throughout Canada and even right here in Manitoba who currently operating outside of the Manitoba Fire Code, which means sourcing the right company to handle your inspections and installations is more important than ever.

At Bison Fire Protection we bring out 17+ years of experience servicing businesses with superior fire protection services to every job we do. Our highly skilled technicians never cut corners and are always committed to your safety.

Contact our team of experts by calling 866-441-3473 today to learn more about our fire safety services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, and Regina.

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