Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fight or Flight: When Should You Fight a Fire?

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When we are confronted with a fire we often need to make snap decisions about the severity of the situation, and whether or not the appropriate action is to evacuate the areas as soon as possible, or to attempt to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher.

Below are some basic guidelines when it comes to deciding if the fire can be tamed with a fire extinguisher, or if the safest course of action is to evacuate and call 9-1-1:

Ask Yourself: Can I Handle a Fire Extinguisher?

One of the easiest ways to determine if you are capable of fighting a fire or not is knowing how o properly use a fire extinguisher. If you have never been trained on the use of a portable fire extinguisher, then evacuate the area immediately and call for assistance.

Common fire safety guidelines dictate that you should have at least one fully charged fire extinguisher in an easy-to-reach location close to areas like your stove, fireplace, and other areas where fires may be used.

One of the easiest ways to determine if you are capable of fighting a fire or not is knowing how o properly use a fire extinguisher. If you have never been trained on the use of a portable fire extinguisher, then evacuate the area immediately and call for assistance.

Additionally, if you use a fire extinguisher and the fire is continuing to spread even after you have depleted the contents of the extinguisher,

How Much Smoke is Present?

Don’t put yourself at risk of smoke inhalation while trying to fight a fire. Fires produce carbon monoxide, and many fires can produce toxic gasses depending on what has been ignited, which means you may be putting yourself at risk if you try to stay and fight the fire.

If the smoke is filling the room that you’re in and you’re having a hard time breathing, stop fighting the fire and evacuate the area as quickly as possible.

Where is the Fire?

If you try and fight a fire then the exit should always remind behind you so that you can escape if things get out of control. If the fire is close to your only exit, simply evacuate as soon as you can and call for help immediately.

If you’re fighting an out of control fire outdoors, make sure to fight the fire with the wind at your back, which will prevent smoke, flames, and embers from being carried downwind to you.

Do You Feel Comfortable Fighting the Fire?

If you are confident that you can easily wield a fire extinguisher and handle a small fire, then make sure to proceed with caution and care.

However, if you are even remotely uncomfortable with the idea of fighting a fire, or if you have never been trained on how to effectively use a fire extinguisher, don’t try to put on a brave face. Trust your gut and evacuate as soon as possible, then call 911 to contact your local emergency responders. Never put yourself at risk when it comes to fire safety.

The fire safety experts at Bison Fire Protection are dedicated to delivering exceptional results and high-quality solutions to your fire protection needs. Contact us today at 204-237-3473 for more information about how our services can keep you safe.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Insulation And Fire Protection

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Insulation and Fire Protection: What You Need to Know

Insulation is essential for keeping your home warm and cozy during the winter, and cool and comfortable during the winter. Investing in insulation for your home is one of the most cost-effective ways that you can reduce your monthly energy costs, and if often one of the easiest ways to improve your comfort while lowering your bills.

However, many homeowners neglect to take fire safety into consideration when choosing their insulation, and often choose styles of insulation which haven not been properly tested and approved for fire safety.

Luckily, there are a variety of options available which are not only effective at controlling your indoor temperature, but which can slow the spread of a fire in the event of an emergency. Keep reading to learn more:

Fibreglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation is a common type of insulation found in many homes throughout Canada. This style, as the name implies, is made up of extremely small, fine shards of glass fibers which have been spun into rolls, batts, or used as loose-fill insulation.

Because it is made of glass, most fiberglass insulation is noncombustible, which means that it doesn’t need to be treated with a flame-retardant chemical to protect it from being engulfed in flames. Some forms of fiberglass insulation come covered in foil or paper coverings, and need to be installed behind a code-approved barrier to be considered safe against fire hazards.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray insulation or foam insulation is made from foaming products such as polyurethane and polyisocyanurate is popular because it is highly versatile. For example, foam insulation can be sprayed into unfinished attic floors, wall cavities, and more.

Some types of spray foam insulation can ignite at temperatures as low as 370 degrees Celsius, and require that a thermal barrier is fitted over the top once the insulation is installed. However, low-density polyurethane foam spray is much more resistant to heat and flames, and won’t catch fire.

Mineral Wool Insulation

Mineral wool, which is also known as “rock wool” or “slag wool” is made from natural minerals including diabase and basalt, and is one of the best insulating and flame-retardant insulating materials that you can buy.

Mineral wool is made up of non-combustible fibers, which means that it doesn’t require additional chemicals or barriers to be installed to protect it from heat and flames unless it is installed with a foil or kraft paper barrier. Unlike fiberglass insulation, mineral wool will not melt in high heat.

Protect Your Property from Fires

Whether you’re installing insulation in your new home or commercial business, or need help assessing your current fire safety setup to keep you protected during emergencies, Bison Fire Protection are here to help. 

Contact us at 204-237-3473 to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment with a qualified fire safety expert.

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Monday, February 06, 2017

Safety Programs Work

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It’s surprising how often a Near Miss Report can get results.  Here’s a great example:

As every tech who handled a new extinguisher knows, those boxes had been constantly ripping apart.

By December, 1 out of 3 of the 20lb extinguishers boxes were tearing, and 1 out of 10 of the 10lb boxes were too.  One of our technicians and our safety manager filled in a Near Miss Report, and sent it over to the manufacturer with a letter expressing Bison’s concerns. 

It mentioned that if an extinguisher fell and discharged, that would be bad, but if a customer got a broken toe, that would be a lot worse! 

They took us seriously and forwarded our concerns to their factory.  It turns out they had a defective glue machine.  They fixed it, and we can confirm that when we recently got a batch of 20lb extinguishers--not a single box fell apart.  Let’s hope it stays that way!

A perfect example of how a little bit of paperwork , and a well-run safety program can save a lot of headaches, or toe aches.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Foam Fire Protection Systems

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ANSUL Foam Fire Protection Systems: What Are They and What Are the Benefits?

Traditional, water-based fire suppression systems are common in many business, but if your business involves handling and processing flammable liquids then it is wise to invest in a more robust fire suppression system to keep your employees and your space safe from fires.

In these situations we recommend installing an ANSUL foam-based fire protection system solutions. These systems are designed to suppress fires in large, industrial spaces and are equipped with foam suppression which can quickly extinguish fires caused by flammable liquids of products.

What Are ANSUL Fire Protection Systems?

ANSUL was founded in 1915, and initially produced chemical compounds which were used in the refrigeration industry. However, after developing and releasing a new kind of chemical extinguisher system which proved to be superior to existing industrial fire suppression systems in 1946, they shifted focus to develop products for commercial and industrial fire suppression.

Currently, ANSUL is one of the leading companies in developing and manufacturing automatic foam fire suppression systems for airplane hangars, restaurants, and more.

ANSUL fire suppression systems use a fire-fighting agent called Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF), which are a combination of solvents, hydrocarbon, and fluorochemical surfactants which suppress any oxygen which may be present in the air, suppressing a fire quickly and effectively.

One of the biggest benefits to using these systems is that they feature a modular design, which makes it easy to add onto your existing system as your fire protection needs grow and change. The technicians at Bison Fire Protection can assist you with:

  • Inspections
  • Design
  • Installations
  • Testing
  • Repairs

Where Do You Typically Find ANSUL Fire Suppression Systems?

Foam-based suppression systems can be delivered through a wide variety of fire suppression systems, and are ideal for large, industrial spaces including:

  • Manufacturing plants
  • Restaurants
  • Storage facilities
  • Refineries
  • Municipal fire departments
  • Airports
  • Aircraft hangars
  • Jet engine testing facilities

If you’re not sure if an ANSUL foam fire system is right for your business, simply contact Bison Fire Protection for an inspection and professional assessment of your fire safety needs.

What Are the Benefits of Choosing Bison Fire Protection?

Unlike many other fire protection companies who depend on out-of-province experts to offer their services at a markup, the technicians at Bison Fire Protection have completed the ANSUL Foam Fire Suppression Systems Inspection, Testing, Recharge & Maintenance course.

This means that we are available to assist you with installing a new ANSUL system and incorporating it into your existing fire safety strategy, or to help you design a complete, custom fire protection plan from scratch, provide local service, all while keeping costs as low as possible.

Expand on your existing fire suppression system, or upgrade to a newer, safer ANSUL foam fire protection system with the help of experienced technicians at Bison Fire Protection. Contact us today at 204-237-3473 and let us help you stay fire safe.

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