Thursday, December 28, 2017

Fire Safety on New Year’s Eve

Bison's Guide to Fire Safety on New Years Eve

With the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, there’s plenty of cause for celebration. From quiet New Year’s Eve gatherings at home with some candles lit, to giant city-wide celebrations surrounded by fireworks and cheer, make sure that your New Year’s resolutions include keeping fire safety in mind.

Potential Fire Hazards

Mark the arrival of the New Year with your loved ones while taking care to avoid these common celebratory fire hazards:

NYE Celebrations

With the amount of people out on the town celebrating NYE, it’s crucial to take the safety of yourself and those around you into consideration. If you’re hosting a large gathering at home, make sure that you have a fire safety plan posted and available for everyone to see. Of course, having a fire extinguisher on hand is an important part of home fire safety.

Burning Candles

There’s something about having candles lit around a room that creates an ambiance like no other. Whether they’re lit as a decorative item around your home or to set the scene at the dinner table, candles are a small, yet common, fire hazard.

To ensure the safety of your home and those you love during New Year’s Eve celebrations, make sure that you avoid tall, stick-like candles and instead opt for candles that contain the flames within a jar. This helps you avoid the risk of having loose-fitting clothing catch on fire passing food over the dinner table, or accidentally knocking over a candle as you pass. For an extra-dose of fire safety, keep all lit candles a good distance away from party goers.

Candles should never stay lit when there is no one around, so be aware of lit candles when you’re the last one in a room, and take the time to blow it out before you leave.

Public and Private Firework Shows

Fireworks and New Year’s Eve go hand-in-hand, but are best enjoyed when they’re lit by a trained professional who knows the ins and outs of firework safety. In many towns and cities around the prairies, these professionals are hired to conduct a fireworks show that is accessible to all.

However, if you do opt to put on a fireworks show of your own on private property, you must get a municipal permit from your local authorities. To ensure your safety, make sure that all fireworks you buy are purchased from an authorized distributor and are legal.

Sadly, there are still many fireworks that are set off on private property in an unsafe fashion. If you’re concerned about how a community member is using fireworks in your area, immediately contact the law enforcement officials in your municipality.

Bison Fire Protection wants to help you celebrate the New Year with fire safety in mind. For all of your fire safety equipment needs, contact the professionals at Bison Fire Protection in Brandon, Winnipeg, Kenora, Regina, Thompson, and Saskatoon. You can call 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment or contact us online.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Preventing Winter Fires This Holiday Season

Bison's Preventing Fires this Winter Season

Winter is a time for reflection, celebration, and cozying up with loved ones. However, the cold temperatures call for an increased use in heating, while holiday celebrations often include plenty of decorations and candle-lit events. These factors all pose the potential for a fire-related emergency, but in different ways.

According to Fire Prevention Canada, winter is the absolute worst season for residential fires all across the country. At Bison Fire Protection, we want to help keep you, your home, and your family safe during this upcoming holiday season. We’ve compiled a list to guide you through whole-home fire safety during the holidays:

Fire Safety In the Kitchen

Your kitchen is a hub of activity all year long, but baking and dinner creating is at an all-year high during the holiday season. This is why it’s imperative that you keep a fire extinguisher within your kitchen, making sure to train members of your family to use it properly. Using the PASS acronym is super helpful - pull the trigger (P), aim the nozzle at the base of the fire (A), squeeze the nozzle (S) and sweep back and forth (S).

When cooking or baking, make sure that you stay in the kitchen as you do so. This is especially important when you’re cooking at high temperatures, or when you’re cooking with grease. If a fire does start, immediately call 9-1-1 and have the appropriate fire extinguisher ready.

Although the holiday season involves embodiment for a lot of adults, no one should use the stove, oven, or other types of cooking instruments while impaired.

Fire Safety and Heating

Brrr, winter. As prairie residents, we know just how cold our exterior environments can get, and how much we need to heat our homes. If you’re using a space heater within your home, ensure that there is at least a meter of space between the heater and anything else. These cords should be checked routinely in order to ensure that the heater is turned off when no one is in the room.

Space heaters get extremely hot, so make sure to supervise both pets and children in their presence. No one should dry items such as wet gloves, shoes, other other clothing items on or near the space heater.

Does your home use a woodstove or fireplace to stay toasty all winter long? If so, make sure that you’re using dry, seasoned wood only in small amounts. As tempting as it may be to load up your fireplace or woodstove, a fire-related emergency could happen when excess tar and creosote build up in your pipes. These systems should be inspected regularly by a fire safety professional to ensure that there isn’t a build up of dangerous compounds.

Other Holiday Fire Safety Tips

There are other precautions to take during the holiday season to ensure your whole-home safety, including:

  • Burn candles only when someone is in the room
  • Don’t overload your holiday tree with lights
  • Make sure that all electrical outlets are not overloaded
  • Always clean your lint collector in the dryer when washing holiday linens
  • Do not smoke inside your home

At Bison Fire Protection, we’re dedicated to helping families enjoy the holiday season while staying fire smart and safe. To schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians, contact us today for service in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, Regina, or Saskatoon

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Preventing Fires While on Winter Vacation

Bison Fire's Guide to Preventing Winter Fires While on Vacation

Winter on the prairies has finally arrived in full swing. With freezing temperatures, excess wind chill, and a thick layer of snow on the ground, you may find yourself dreaming of the perfect winter getaway. Whether you’re a regular snowbird or a first-time all-inclusive investor, you want to make sure that your home is safe and sound during your winter vacation.

Fire safety is especially important while you’re away from your home. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to fully prepare your home, whether you’re gone for a couple of days, or a couple of months. Here are a few easy and simple tricks and tips to keep your home safe from a house fire while you and your loved ones are on your winter vacation:

1.  Make It Looks Like There Is Someone Home

While you’re on vacation, you don’t want your home to look like you’re away.

When your home appears to be vacant, it’s a welcoming invitation for events like arson or other suspicious fires. Try investing in a light timer for a few rooms within your home, or set up a mail delay with your local post office. By making your home look like there’s always someone home, you can successfully deter any suspicious activity.

Upon your departure, leave a spare key with a trusted friend or neighbour so that they can routinely check on your home in your absence.

2. Ensure That All Detectors Are in Top-Notch Shape

Before you leave for your winter getaway, take the time to carefully inspect both your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries, test the alarms, and if you have a home security system that is connected to your fire detection system, make sure that the alarm company knows that you’re away. If needed, try and install detectors on each floor of your home to ensure that neighbours can hear the alarms.

Has it been awhile since your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors have been replaced? If so, make sure that you invest in new technology before your departure. A carbon monoxide detector should be replaced every 7 years, while smoke detectors can last up to 10 years.

3. Don’t Leave Appliances Plugged In

In the same way that turning power bars on and off when you leave the house can help you avoid electrical fires, unplugging your appliances before you jet-set is an important fire safety measure. Appliances that should be unplugged include:

  • Phone and computer chargers
  • Air conditioners
  • Electronic equipment such as televisions and computers
  • Kitchen appliances such as your microwave, oven, or electric kettle

Not only can unplugging your devices and appliances help prevent a damaging and costly house fire, but you can save money on your next electric bill! If you do use power bars, ensure that they’re not overloaded when they are in operation.

At Bison Fire Protection, we want to help you make sure that your home stays safe and sound while you’re soaking up the sun or skiing down the slopes. With innovative fire safety technologies and high-quality fire prevention services, you can trust us for your fire safety equipment needs. Contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. Find us online, or call 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today!

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

At Bison Fire Protection, our top priority is the safety of our customers. Whether you’re a homeowner or business owner, we stay on top of product recalls to stay on top of your safety. Recently, Kidde - a brand of fire protection and suppression equipment - recalled two styles of their fire extinguishers over widespread issues and concerns that they may not work when you need it most.

The recall number is 18-022, and the recall date is November 2nd, 2017.

Why Are the Fire Extinguishers Being Recalled?

All Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles are being recalled. These extinguishers may become clogged during use, or may need extra force to discharge during an emergency situation. This may also lead to a failure to activate during a fire-related emergency. On top of these issues, the plastic nozzle may detach forcefully enough to cause damage on impact.

There has been one death related to these fire extinguishers problems manufactured by Kidde, stated in a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The majority of issues are related to a nozzle detachment and failure to discharge issue. Kidde is remedying this issue with the replacement of these specific fire extinguishers.

What Fire Extinguishers Have Been Recalled?

Two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers have been recalled:

  • Fire extinguishers with plastic handles
  • Pindicator push-button fire extinguishers

Overall, the recall is for 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers. These extinguishers were manufactured over a widespread scope, between January 1st, 1972 and August 15th, 2017. The most recent recall by Kidde follows two other recalls, in March 2009 and February 2015. However, this recall includes all models that have previously been recalled.

There are over 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers being recalled, some of which have been available to customers for decades. On top of the one death linked to the fire extinguisher, 391 other reports have been filed surrounding the failure of the extinguisher to work properly, or reports of the nozzle coming off. These issues have been linked to 16 injuries, including minor burns and smoke inhalation.

What Do These Fire Extinguishers Look Like?

The plastic handle and Pindicator push-button fire extinguishers are either ABC or BC rated, and come in red, white, and silver. They were sold at a variety of stores, including Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Menards, Montgomery Ward, and other hardware and home stores.

They have also been available for purchase online, on platforms like Amazon and ShopKidde. They were touted as useful for recreational vehicles, boats, and commercials trucks as well, so ensure that you check your extinguisher in these vehicles.

When looking to see if your Kidde fire extinguisher has been recalled, check the model number, which you can find on the fire extinguisher label. If your extinguisher was produced in 2007 or later, you can find the 10-digit date code on the side of the cylinder near the bottom of the piece of equipment.

If your model was made before 2007, there is no date code printed on the extinguisher itself. Otherwise, this code can be read by reading digits five to nine, laid out in a DDDYY format. The specific date codes for the recalled models that were made from January 2nd, 2012 to August 15th, 2017 are 00212 to 22717.

If you’re curious as to how to replace your extinguisher for free, contact Kidde at (855) 271-0773 to online at www.kidde.com. For more information on fire safety equipment for your home, business, or vehicle, contact Bison Fire Protection today for service in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, Regina, or Saskatoon.

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