Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

The entire Bison Family would like to wish all of our friends our best wishes throughout the holiday season! Enjoy the time you have with your families, take a moment to remember loved ones from Christmas past, and look forward to a great new year!


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Power of One

Ansul has released their new Liquid-Only vehicle fire suppression system, or LVS. The advantage of a wet chemical suppression system is the added cooling benefits that dry chemical just doesn’t offer. In the past Ansul offered a dry chemical system, or a combination of dry, and wet chemicals. This new LVS is the first wet chemical only system on the market. These systems have been designed for off road mining, and forestry applications so they have the capability to operate in hot, or extremely cold environments making them very useful in our cold Canadian climates especially in the North.

We will be sending technicians to the scheduled training schools early in 2012 so they are completely up to date on the newest form of fire protection. This system will be a game changer moving forward. 

New Ansul LVS Agent Tanks

There is protection within the herd!

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Goin’ Mobile

We had an usual request the other day, a customer has a mobile power generating unit that was going into a mine. Because of the underground application the end user required that it have fire protection. Under ground fires can be devastating for many reasons, the first being the limited areas of escape, another is that fire uses up oxygen that is piped underground and left unchecked could create a shortage of breathable air. With fire comes smoke, and virtually nowhere to ventilate it out quickly. I could go on but I think you get the point.

The Ansul A-101 dry chemical suppression system was the only choice. They also needed automatic fire detection so on went an Ansul Checkfire SCN, and an engine shut-down, so we included a pressure switch to shut down the engine. By shutting down the engine we stop a possible fuel source, and prevent dry chemical from being drawn directly into the motor. The dual 30lb cylinders protected the engine as well as the generator, and since there was very little shrouding to contain the dry chemical agent in that hazard area we felt a little extra powder wouldn’t hurt. The customer agreed with that proactive approach.

With proper housekeeping, and regular maintenance and a little luck the system will never see active service, however if it does, the machine, and the people working around it will be well protected.

There is protection within the herd!

Mobile Power Generating Unit with Ansul SuppressionAnsul SCN Module, Pressure Switch, and Cartridges

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Friday, December 16, 2011

MOPIA’s December Newsletter

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MOPIA has released their December newsletter. As usual it is full of great information relating to our environment. The newsletter has a number of highlights including;

-           23rd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Held

-           Comments welcomed by Environment Canada on draft Code of Practice

-           Kyoto Protocol meeting held

-           Secondary Distributor renewals for 2012

-           Atmosphere America 2012 to be held in Washington

-           Vehicles in Australia using hydrocarbon 

Enjoy their newsletter!

There is protection within the herd!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Certified Service & Installations

I had written a couple of weeks ago in Tightening By-Laws Could Save Lives about using certified companies to perform your suppression system installations, upgrades, and inspections. I find it interesting that when you focus on an issue there is an increase in the situations that are related to it. I received a call from a customer who needed his industrial dry chemical fire suppression system reconnected after doing some modifications to his paint spray booth. He was upset because of a lack of service from his past service provider, and wanted a quote to get the booth back into operational condition.

When I arrived at the condition of the suppression system wasn’t surprising. It had originally been installed by a company that wasn’t certified by the manufacturer. He was very under covered for the size of booth he had before he had made the modifications. There weren’t enough nozzles in the booth area, there wasn’t a time delay to allow the exhaust fan to slow down enough to not draw the agent out of the booth before it had a chance to work as designed, there was no manual pull station, and there were no seals to prevent air flow (this would allow contaminants into the booth possibly settling onto wet paint) into a sealed paint area. He also told me the system had accidently discharged once because the installer used the wrong cable, and a second time due to the wrong heat range of heat detectors.

I can’t stress enough the value in using a company that is certified by the manufacturer of the system they are installing. There was a very real possibility that this system wouldn’t have worked in a true fire situation. If the customer lost his business, and this went to court the manufacturer would have walked away as they have no control over companies that have never attending their training schools, carry their required levels of insurance, and receive regular service/repair bulletins. They can’t control who scrounges up parts and installs the systems. The owner then has to hope the installing company is insured at a rate high enough to cover the costs.

Take the time to protect yourself by ensuring the company that is installing and servicing your fire protection equipment is qualified.

There is protection within the herd!

Not Enough Nozzles & Wrong LinksNo Seals On Any Booth Penetrations

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Preventing Fires At Christmas Part 3

I came across the 12 days of fire prevention and thought what a great idea to share. Feel free to hum the tune as you read these.

Day 1 — Water real Christmas trees daily so they don't dry out and become a fire hazard. Also, don't place them near a heating vent.

Day 2 — Check holiday lights to make sure they're in good condition before hanging them and turning them on.

Day 3 — Make sure there are working smoke alarms on every storey of the home. It's the law, and, get in the habit of testing them, you walk under them every day.

Day 4 — Install a working carbon monoxide alarm.

Day 5 — Set up an escape plan and make sure everyone in the family knows it. Holiday visitors should also know the plan, and the location of the meeting place where everyone should gather once they're out of the house. So, when asked, 'Is everybody out?' You're going to be able to say, 'Yes.'

Day 6 — Use extension cords safely and wisely.

Day 7 — Keep space heaters at least a metre away from anything flammable, like curtains, upholstery and holiday decorations.

Day 8 — Blow out candles before leaving the room.

Day 9 — Keep matches and lighters where kids can't see them or reach them.

Day 10 — Pay attention to what's cooking on the stove or in the oven.

Day 11 — Encourage smokers to go outside to smoke.

Day 12 — Keep an eye on anyone who's drinking while they're cooking or smoking.


There is protection within the herd!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Saskatchewan Herd Is Growing

I have posted a couple times over the past few month’s about how well Regina is doing as a vibrant growing city. This has been reflected in the volume of business that has been coming our way thanks in part to the hard work of Landon Johnson our branch manager, the Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Assn. and many others.

I am pleased to welcome Blaine Deeks to the herd. He brings 10 years of service experience in suppression system service specializing in the Ansul R-102 suppression systems.  His background in installing these industry leading suppression systems is an asset to the branch. He also brings his expertise in fire alarm systems to us which compliments many of the services most restaurants need.

I am looking forward to 2012 and the great service, and support that we will be providing in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, and Northwestern Ontario! 

There is protection in the Herd!

Blaine Deeks

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Preventing Fires At Christmas Part 2

In my first post about Christmas Fires I had talked about Christmas Tree fires. Over the past few years, the use of candles in the home has greatly increased – and so has the number of fires caused by their misuse.

Christmas Day holds the record for the highest number of reported home candle fires.

Please keep in mind the following tips for the safe use of candles:

  • Keep lit candles in sturdy holders on level surfaces and, if possible, place a glass chimney or shade over it.
  • Keep lit candles out of reach of children and pets.
  • Keep lit candles away from anything that will burn.
  • Extinguish all candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Remember to keep all matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children.
  • Never let candles burn out completely. Extinguish them when they get to within two inches of the holder or decorative material.
  • Keep candle wicks short at all times. Trim the wick to one-quarter inch (6.4 mm).
  • When buying or using novelty candles, try to determine if they pose a potential fire hazard (if they contain a combustible component for instance). If they do, or if you suspect that they might, inform your local fire department.
  • There are no legal standards or regulations for candles, including their make, design, safety features, location or use.
  • Candles are not tested by a testing agency for safety before they are put on the market for you to buy.

Please take care when using candles in your home.

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Monday, December 05, 2011

Preventing Fires At Christmas Part 1

With the Christmas Season upon us I thought it might be a good idea to discuss the different types of hazards that surround us during this season.

The first may seem obvious but Christmas Tree fires can be deadly especially when the tree is allowed to dry out on your home. I know that when camping I often refer to pine needles as “natures gasoline” because of the speed and intensity they burn at. Because of this they are excellent fire starters. Should they get close enough to lit candles the result can be deadly as shown in the video

Trees and candles are two things that are a new introduction to your home for a short time so people tend to take a more casual approach to them. The scents that both can give to the holidays are special at this time of year. Double check your fire extinguisher, and keep it close by, and enjoy the many things the Chritmas Season will bring.

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Friday, December 02, 2011

Tightening By-Laws Could Save Lives

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Timing is everything in life. I had met with the Chief of Commercial-Mechanical Inspections for the City of Winnipeg earlier this week to discuss improvements to the current by-law. Later the same day I received a call from a customer who was dissatisfied with his current service provider for a number of reasons.

His dissatisfaction was related to his fire alarm system, and ongoing service issues. After that discussion I asked him about his kitchen fire suppression system wanting to get a feel of his overall service needs. When I looked at his piping I was unimpressed. The past service provider who wasn’t certified by the manufacturer had recently upgraded the fire suppression system. The main issue was they had used pipe sealant at each fitting to prevent any leaks. This is a major issue here is that if pieces of pipe sealant get washed along inside the piping when the system discharges the pieces will block the orifice of the nozzle preventing agent from spraying onto the fire. This could have a disastrous outcome for the business owner.

This major deficiency is described in Range Guards installation manual a document you need to have to install fire suppression systems as per fire code. I have attached a copy of the page.

This might have been prevented if the bylaw was more specific, and I am assuming a permit was pulled for this work. I can’t stress enough the advantages of using a company that holds current certification for the products they sell.

Dedicated to Customers for Life!

Note the Pipe SealantPipe Sealant is NOT Allowed on Range Guard SystemsThis is a major Deficiency


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