Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Office Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are a commonplace piece of safety equipment in the workplace, including in most office spaces. OSHA states that fires are the most common emergency that small business spaces should plan for. These small-but-mighty fire extinguishing tools are vital in extinguishing small fires when found in time.

However, it’s important to note that not all fire extinguishers are meant to fight every type of fire. If you work in a small office space, it’s important to know what type of extinguisher is best suited for your specific needs. Read on to uncover the invaluable information needed to help you make the best decision for the workplace safety of your office and colleagues.

The Most Common and Useful Fire Extinguishers for Office Spaces

There are four types of fire extinguishers commonly found in office spaces, including:

Class A Fire Extinguishers for Solid Material

Class A fire extinguishers are meant for solid materials such as wood and other textiles. Because offices commonly have equipment such as chairs, paper, and wooden desks, this type of extinguisher will help control small fires with their water and additive agents.

Class B Fire Extinguishers for Electrical Fires

With such a high concentration of technology and electrical equipment, electrical fires are a common risk in office spaces. These extinguishers are suitable for small fires that have been ignited by flammable liquids or electronic equipment.

Foam-Based Fire Extinguishers

These extinguishers are suitable for extinguishing both Class A and Class B fires, or solid combustible materials and flammable liquid fires.

Water Mist Fire Extinguishers

These types of extinguishers are suitable for extinguishing small Class A, B, C, F and Electrical fires. Because they are multi-purpose extinguishers, they are commonly kept in office spaces and in corridors.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher Effectively

For fire extinguishers to be truly effective, they must be used correctly. Ensure that employees are trained to use the PASS method to extinguish small office fires:

P (Pull): Pull the pin on the top of the fire extinguisher.

A (Aim): Aim the nozzle of the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S (Squeeze): Squeeze the handle of the extinguisher to release the extinguishing material.

S (Sweep): Sweep the nozzle side to side at the base of the fire until it is extinguished.

How to Store Fire Extinguishers Properly

Fire extinguishers require proper storage to be as efficient as possible during a fire-related emergency. In small office spaces, this means that they should be stored nearest to where a fire is most likely to break out, such as close to electrical equipment.

Ideally, these extinguishers should be kept mounted on the wall or stored in visible cabinets so that all employees can easily access the equipment. Keep the area clear of obstructions, and if the extinguisher is kept in a glass-enclosed cabinet, ensure that there is a small hammer close by to break open the container.

Keep your office safe with help from Bison Fire Protection. We provide comprehensive inspections and fire safety equipment services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. To schedule your next appointment with one of our expert technicians, call 866-441-3473 or find us online.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Why Proper Emergency Lighting Systems Save Lives

Bison Fire Explains why Emergency lighting saves lives

When you think of fire safety equipment, practical solutions like smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and sprinklers probably come to mind. However, proper emergency lighting systems are an integral part of an effective fire safety plan in both residential and commercial buildings.

Whether you’re the owner of an apartment complex or a warehouse, your top priority is the safety of the people in your building. In emergency settings, some people tend to struggle with remembering rehearsed safety practices like the safest exit route, or may not be familiar with the posted fire emergency plan.

Adequate emergency lighting can make the difference between a smooth and safe evacuation and one that carries complications.

How Do Emergency Lighting Systems Work?

Emergency lighting systems operate using LED or incandescent bulbs that are powered by backup batteries that are activated when power is lost. These ligh

Emergency lights are placed in strategic locations in the hallways of large structures like condos, apartments, and commercial buildings. When activated, the lights demonstrate a safe path for evacuees, leading to stairwells and emergency exits. Often, lighting systems will also include lights at designated emergency points or fire pull stations to ensure that individuals can easily carry out emergency procedures.

What Types of Emergency Lighting Systems Are Available?

For fire safety implications, there are a variety of emergency lighting systems on the market.

Most commonly, there are maintained, non-maintained, and sustained options:

Maintained emergency lighting systems: These emergency lights are always activated, but are able to use battery power during power outages.

Non-maintained emergency lighting systems: This type of emergency lighting system is only turned on when there is a power failure.

Sustained: Sustained systems use two lamps. One lamp is used during normal power use situations in a building, while the other is only turned on and powered by a battery during emergency situations.

Why Choose to Install Emergency Lighting Systems?

Emergency lighting is critical for a proper emergency safety system of any large building. As the power is likely to go out or be turned off during a variety of emergency situations, adequate lighting provides a clear path to safety while people are prone to be panicked.

Not only are these lighting systems vital for helping keep employees or residents calm during an emergency, but they help first responders, too. In the case of fire-related emergencies, there is too often clouds of smoke that prohibit visibility. Emergency lighting systems provide first responders with a light source that allows them to move through an unfamiliar space to find the source of a fire and ensure that all occupants have evacuated safely.

Proper emergency lighting systems enhance the safety of every person in a building. Whether you have existing fire safety equipment in place, get in touch with your local fire equipment specialist to install or inspect your emergency lighting system.

At Bison Fire Protection, we have a variety of lighting units and exit signs available for your large residential or commercial space. Our trusted technicians are always ready to help protect your property from fire-related emergencies. For more information or to schedule your next appointment with us in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, or Saskatoon, call 866-441-3473 or find us online.

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