Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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


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.


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 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

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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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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Do You Know What to Do If a Fire Starts in Your High-Rise?

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If we think back to our fire safety training, we know that the first thing we need to do in the event of a fire is to evacuate the building as quickly as possible once a fire alarm system has been activated.

However, with more high-rise buildings being built every year across the prairies, many of our customers have asked us questions about building evacuation in these types of buildings.

Not only are many office complexes taking up space in high-rise buildings, but increasing numbers of residential high-rise buildings are being built to accommodate the boom for housing in many Canadian provinces.

With that in mind, we wanted to answer some of your most pressing questions about high-rise building evacuation:

High-Rise Evacuation: The Basics

The first thing to consider when thinking about how to safely evacuate a high-rise is to remember that some high-rise buildings can hold several thousand occupants at any time, which can cause a lot of problems when the building needs to be evacuated.

Many building occupants may have problems descending down multiple flights of stairs, and when hundreds or thousands of people are trying to cram themselves down the same set of stairs it can become dangerous and time-consuming for them to all reach the ground floor safely.

In most cases, the floor where the fire started, as well as the floors immediately above and below, should be the first to evacuate using the stairs to a floor several floors below, and wait for instructions. 

What To Do When You’re Trapped in a High-Rise Building

In the event that a fire becomes too large and dangerous and you aren’t able to evacuate safely, the most important thing to remember is: stay calm.

Stay in an enclosed area with the door closed, and seal any cracks around the door to keep smoke from entering the room.

Once you’re safe in the room, do not try to exit by breaking a window or climbing out, as the broken glass could hurt you or rescue workers. Instead: call the fire department and give them your exact location. If possible, hang a cloth or something brightly-coloured out of the window so rescue workers can find you.

If there is no smoke outside of the window it can be opened slightly, but if smoke starts to enter the room through the open window close it immediately.

Do you need help protecting your business from a fire? Contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today to schedule an appointment with our fire safety experts.

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