Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Life Safety And Fire Protection In Hospitals

Bison Fire's guide to Life Safety in Hospitals

Patient health and safety are top priorities in hospitals, which means installing a fire protection system should also be a top priority. Properly-functioning fire prevention and suppression systems not only keep patients safe, but also protect the staff, visitors, and equipment used by doctors and staff to treat patients and help them heal.

A Hospital’s Unique Risks

Hospitals are chaotic places, which means that they come with their own unique sets of challenges and complications which can lead to an increased risk of fire.

Below are some of the most important factors to take into consideration when planning your hospital fire safety plan:

Evacuation

Proper fire prevention is necessary in hospitals for multiple reasons. Firstly, patients in hospitals are often injured or critically ill, which means walking independently is often difficult, or in some cases impossible.

With this in mind, it’s critical for hospitals to have fire protection systems which will quickly extinguish a fire or detect a fire when it is in the early enough stages that the hospital has adequate time to evacuate all patients who can’t leave on their own.

Another significant risk is that hospitals have multiple floors, and if a fire occurs on a higher-level floor is can further complicate evacuation efforts.

Surgical Procedures

Fires are a serious threat to patients who are undergoing surgical procedures, as many surgeries can’t be interrupted because it may put the patient’s life at risk.

This makes effective fire prevention and suppression critical, not just to the overall safety in the hospital, but also to protecting the lives of the patients who are under the knife when a fire starts.

Labs Have Flammable Materials

Many hospitals have labs where specimens are sent for testing. These labs often use flammable materials and chemicals which can not only cause fires, but can accelerate the growth rate of a fire if it manages to infiltrate this area of the hospital.

Hospital labs must always be equipped with proper fire suppression systems which are tested on a regularly scheduled basis.

Kitchens

Hospitals often have large kitchens which constantly churn out food to feed patients, staff, and visitors alike, making this area a hotspot for fire-related activity. As a result, it’s important that all kitchen hood suppression systems and fire extinguishers are tested and in proper working condition to prevent fires from occurring in the kitchen of a hospital.

Hospital Fire Protection in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and NorthWestern Ontario

For hospitals in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina who are looking to know more about how to protect patients and staff from fires, 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, February 20, 2019

Fire Safety Tips Every Building Manager Must Read

Bison Fires list of Fire Tips for Building Managers

Building managers can face many pressures on a regular basis, including fixing leaky pipes, cleaning the building, clearing snow in the winter and leaves in the fall, and more.

Unfortunately, this often means that fire safety gets pushed to the bottom of this list, and since most building managers believe that fires happen rarely (which is a false assumption), they tend to de-prioritize fire safety even further.

However, it’s critical for building managers to stay on top of their fire protection plan so they can prevent fires from happening, protect the lives of the people living in the building, and maintain the building the company has purchased as an investment.

If you’re a building manager in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina, don’t miss these “must read” tips to keeping your building safe from fires:

Make a Fire Safety Plan

Making a fire safety plan is one of the best first steps a building manager can take to keep their building protected against fires, and we consider it “best practice” to make sure that all tenants in the building have a copy of this plan in their suites, as well.

Not sure what to put in your fire safety plan? Take a look at these suggestions:

  • Include an evacuation plan. Residents in your building may not know what to do when the fire alarm sounds, so take proactive steps by planning out an appropriate escape route and practice using it by having fire drills.
  • Put fire prevention measures in place. Make sure your building has a no smoking policy, that any flammable materials are properly stored or disposed of, and that electrical equipment is working properly and safely stored.
  • Make sure employees are trained on fire safety. If you have staff who help you maintain the building, ensure that they not only know the building evacuation plan, but that they know the locations of the following items:
  • The emergency exits
  • All fire alarms
  • All fire extinguishers

How to Ensure Your Building Has Proper Fire Protection

How your building was designed and built plays an important role in deciding the appropriate fire protection system. When considering which fire protection system is right for your building, it’s prudent to know your building codes and research the different options which are available for fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire sprinklers, and fire protection for special hazards.

Not sure how to figure this out? Contact an expert from Bison Fire Protection today!

Fire Protection for Building Managers

If you’re a building manager  in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina and are looking to know more about how to protect your building 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, February 06, 2019

Burnt Out Exit Lights

Bison Fire's guide to Burnt out Exit Lights

As a business owner or building manager, it’s your responsibility to make sure that the emergency lighting system in your building is working properly at all times.

Installing emergency lights and exit signs is a simple and obvious first step, but what do you do if your exit lights burn out?

If you’re not sure what to do when your exit lights burn out, keep reading:

Find Out Why the Sign Isn’t Lit

Most people will simply assume that an exit sign isn’t lit because the bulb inside has burned out, but it’s important to take additional steps to ensure that the problem isn’t caused by a larger issue. The components you should check include:

  • The main bulbs. Every exit sign in your building should be illuminated 24/7, 356 days of the year. If you have a well-maintained emergency light system, your exit sign will have one or more bulbs which emit light all the time. These lights switch from main power to battery power during emergencies, so checking your main bulbs is the best first step to resolving the issue.
  • The low voltage bulbs. During emergency situations the main bulb will go out and a smaller, lower-voltage bulb will illuminate. This bulb is battery-powered, and is only in use when the power goes out. If the bulb is burned out this sign will fail to illuminate the dark during an emergency.
  • The reserve battery. Defensive batteries can sometimes maintain enough power to illuminate a low-voltage bulb for a few minutes or seconds after the power goes out. In this case the bulb should be fine, but the batter may require replacing.

Replace the Necessary Component

Once you’ve figured out what’s wrong with your exit sign, you can replace the defective component (battery or bulbs only) and restore it to proper working order.

Start by removing the front panel of the exit sign and locate the battery or the bulbs (whichever is causing the problem) and swap the damaged component out with a compatible replacement. If you’re struggling to remove the front panel, figuring out what’s causing the light to stop glowing, or ordering the right replacement part, contact Bison Fire Protection today.

Replace the Whole Exit Sign

If you have an older exit sign that runs on incandescent bulbs then you may already be familiar with the ongoing task of continually replacing burned out bulbs.

LED exit signs last for decades without burning out, and consume less energy than incandescent bulbs, which not only saves you money on your hydro bill and replacement bulbs, but these signs can last for decades without needing to be replaced, as well.

Call a Professional for Help With Replacements

Whether you need a bulb or battery replaced, or a whole new exit sign installed, Bison Fire Protection has you covered. 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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