Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Business Owner's Guide to Fire Safety 2019

Bison Fire's Business Owners Guide to Fire Safety

A new year is here, and there’s no better time for your business to re-evaluate your fire safety plan. No business is immune to accidental fires, and whether you own a restaurant, IT Company, or a multi-unit dwelling like an apartment or condo block, having the right equipment in place year-round can prevent disaster.

If you’re a business owner looking to keep your business safe in the coming year, take a look at this checklist of safety requirements you need to keep your commercial building safe from fires.

Are you missing anything from this list below? Contact Bison Fire Protection today and we can help get your business on track for total fire protection in 2019.

Fire & Smoke Alarms

  • Fire and smoke alarms are your first line of defense against fires, and should be inspected regularly to ensure that they’re in proper working order.
  • Consider installing a wireless fire alarm monitoring system and developing a plan for building occupants if the alarm goes off.

Fire Extinguishers & Fire Suppression Systems

  • Regularly visually inspect your fire extinguishers to make sure that they will function when needed.
  • Schedule routine maintenance of any equipment with a qualified professional.
  • Keep fire extinguishers in open areas which are easy to access.

Emergency Lighting

  • Ensure that all emergency lights do not have burned-out bulbs. Effective emergency lights help occupants get to safety in the event of a fire.
  • Schedule regular maintenance and inspections on all emergency lighting systems.

Equipment is essential to protecting your business from fire damage, but by investing in your employees’ knowledge and ensuring that they are ready to respond in the event of a fire you can ensure that everyone will be safe in an emergency situation.

Some things to plan for include:

First Aid

  • Keep all first aid kits well-stocked and readily available for all employees to access.
  • Eliminate the potential that your first aid kit may be missing critical components by arranging for regular restocking of the items in the kit.

Training Courses

  • Schedule a comprehensive fire equipment training course on the use of the fire equipment in your business

First aid Courses

  • Many employees will be willing to take first aid training if it is offered by their employer, so why not consider equipping your staff with this valuable life skill?

Emergency Plan

  • Remind employees to follow the REACT plan in the event of a fire. REACT stands for:
  • Remove from danger
  • Ensure all doors and windows are closed
  • Activate the fire alarm
  • Call 911
  • Treat any fire as dangerous
  • Conduct regular fire drills.

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, January 16, 2019

Can Your Kitchen Suppression System Take The Heat

Bison Fire's Guide to Can your suppression Take the Heat

When was the last time you had your kitchen fire suppression system inspected? Do you know if your system is ready to protect your food prep facility, commercial kitchen, or restaurant?

Many restaurant owners either don’t know the answers to these questions, or they don’t particularly care what goes into a fire suppression system inspection, and why it matters.

Luckily for most business owners, knowing the specifics isn’t that important (that’s why they rely on experts like our technicians at Bison Fire Protection!)

Our qualified technicians know that running a busy commercial kitchen can lead to a lot of risky situations which may lead to fires, which is why we take kitchen fire suppression system inspections very seriously.

What Goes Into a Kitchen Fire Suppression System Inspection?

Just like every business, most commercial kitchens have unique features or qualities that need to be taken into consideration when performing an inspection. If you’re not sure how your kitchen differentiates from others in your industry, give us a call.

Generally speaking, these are the steps which are typically involved with conducting a thorough kitchen fire suppression system inspection:

  • An inspection of the link line and the position of the detectors.
  • A visual inspection of the conduit and the location of the appliance, duct, and plenum nozzles.
  • Tests of the remote pull stations.
  • Ensuring that the electricity and gas shuts off when the system is activated.
  • Replacing fusible links.
  • Ensuring that the gauge on pressurized tanks is at the right level.
  • Performing an internal inspection of non-pressurized tanks to check for corrosion..
  • A thorough exam of all cylinders, including verifying and recording the hydro test date.
  • Examining the regulator to record and verify test dates.
  • Removing and cleaning all nozzles to remove potential clogs.
  • Testing all electrical interlocks.
  • Inspecting piping and copper tubing for tightness and wear and tear.
  • Recording any deficiencies discovered during the inspection.

Reliable Kitchen Fire Suppression System Inspections

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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Thursday, January 10, 2019

How to Keep Your IT Department Safe From Fire

Bison Fire's How to's on keeping your IT Dept Safe

A fire in a data center or in your company’s IT department has the potential to be devastating for your business. Not only do fires run the risk of injury and loss of life, but a data center fire may destroy all your data and equipment… and take your company with it.

Even the downtime and the loss of productivity caused by a fire could cost you thousands of dollars, which is why it’s critical to take the necessary steps to keep your IT computer room safe from a fire.

Computer Room Fire Safety Tips

Protecting your business’ investment in electrical hardware isn’t that hard; you just need to follow these key steps:

Keep the Room Organized

Never store combustible materials in your computer room and always make sure to keep the space free from clutter. If dust is allowed to accumulate near your electronic equipment it causes heat which can lead to a fire-starting spark.

Another important reason to keep these spaces clear and clutter-free is that your staff will be able to quickly evacuate in the event that a fire does break out.

Keep All Power Cords in Good Condition

One of the leading causes of fires in data centers and computer rooms is old, frayed wiring. Make sure to regularly inspect and replace any cables that that look frayed or damaged.

Another important tip is to avoid overloading your extension cords with multiple cables. Not only can overloaded extension cords have the potential to blow a fuse, but overloaded cords are a major risk of sparks.

Clean Your Computers

When was the last time you took your PCs apart and thoroughly cleaned them, both inside and out? If you can’t remember, then now’s the time!

Dust is extremely flammable, and can burn your building down if you don’t clean it regularly. With this in mind, make sure to keep the room clean from dust and debris.

Have and Emergency Plan

It’s critical to ensure that you’re prepared in case the worst happens. Make sure your employees know how to escape from the room safely in the event of a fire, and ensure that all key staff are trained to use a fire extinguisher.

Schedule Fire Protection System Inspections 

Your safety precautions are only effective if they will actually work in the event of an emergency. Call Bison Fire Protection to inspect your fire safety systems and we’ll make sure that they’ll keep you safe and compliant with local fire codes.

Fire Suppression Systems for IT Rooms and Data Centers

No data center of computer room is complete without a properly-functioning fire suppression system to take out a fire if one does occur. For the most up-to-date information on the best systems for your organization, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection today.

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, January 02, 2019

How Do I Set Up a Fire Drill For My Business?

Fire Drill

“How do I set up a fire drill for my business?” is a question that every business owner should ask themselves as part of their fire preparation planning. A fire drill plan ensures that your staff are properly trained in what to do in the event of a fire, including how to safely leave the building in an emergency.

The experts at Bison Fire Protection suggest that you schedule at least one fire drill per year in your building (one per building if you own multiple properties). By scheduling regular fire drills you can reduce the potential risk of injury, confusion, and potential disorientation if a fire emergency occurs in the building.

Follow these steps to set up a fire drill for your business that will keep your staff protected in an emergency situation:

1. Schedule the Fire Drill

Choose the day you want to conduct the fire drill and contact the company that monitors your alarm system to let them know there will be a drill. This step is critical to ensuring that the fire department doesn’t get called!

Let them know the exact time of the drill, and how long you expect it to take.

2. Initiate the Fire Drill

To initiate the fire drill, check your fire alarm panel to see if there’s a “Fire Drill” option. If there is, then you can use this feature to activate the alarms quickly and easily.

If there’s no “Fire Drill” option, simply use the closest pull station to sound the alarms and begin the drill.

3. Evacuate the Building

As everyone is evacuating the building, pay attention to:

  • How long does it take for everyone to evacuate?
  • Does everyone know the procedures to exit safely?
  • Are people closing doors behind them as they are exiting?
  • Is everyone staying cool, calm, and collected?
  • Was everyone accounted for during the headcount?

Your answers to these questions will tell you if you need to conduct another fire drill in the near future to reinforce the information needed to keep everyone safe.

4. End the Drill

Once the drill is complete and everyone has exited the building, record the data on how long it took to evacuate and any changes or improvements you can make for next time.

Once the drill is over, silence the alarm by either resetting the pull station, or the fire alarm system. Now it’s safe for everyone to re-enter the building, and time to contact the fire alarm monitoring company to let them know the drill is complete.

Protect Your Business Today

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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