Thursday, July 27, 2017

Fire Safety Tips for Seniors Living in Their Homes

Bison's Fire Safety Tips for Seniors

Fire safety is one of the biggest threats that seniors as they age, especially if they choose to continue to live in their own home.

Older adults face several challenges which young, able-bodied people often don’t need to worry about, including:

  • Weaker physical strength.
  • Diminished hearing and vision
  • Slow reaction times in moments of crisis

These and other issues can not only make it harder for seniors to identify and respond to a fire within their homes, but can also increase the likelihood that a fire will start. As a result, loved ones who care for seniors who choose to live at home should be aware of the risks and challenges, and how to deal with them.

Do you know a senior who lives in their own home? Here’s what you can do to help keep them safe:

Don’t Neglect Home Improvements

Seniors who are on fixed incomes may worry that they can’t afford to repair their homes, but it’s critical that any repairs needed are completed in a timely fashion by a qualified professional when necessary.

Ensuring that safety aids are in place to keep seniors as mobile as possible in the event of an emergency are critical to their safety, and every effort should be made to replace any outdated electrical devices, outlets, or appliances which could lead to a fire.

Stay Low

Sleeping on the ground floor can save a life.

Many seniors struggle to go up and down stairs, and many simply don’t have the ease of mobility to quickly ascend or descend the stairs in the event of a fire. As a result, it’s recommended that seniors sleep on the main level of their home, close to an exit or window.

Additionally, make sure that smoke alarms are installed in every sleeping room, as well as outside of any sleeping areas.

Upgrade Your Alarm

Fatal fires most often occur when people are sleeping because the smoke caused by a fire can put you into a deeper sleep rather than wake you up.

This can pose a significant risk for seniors, who often use hearing aides or may struggle with diminished hearing as they age. For seniors who live alone, we recommend installing a smoke alarm which also uses a flashing light or a vibration as an alert system in the event of an emergency.


Practicing regular fire drills and having an established escape plan is essential for fire safety in any household, but if you or someone you live with can’t escape the home without assistance, then designate a member of your family to help.

Fire drills also provide an important opportunity to make sure that whoever lives in the house can always hear and respond to the smoke alarm when it sounds.

Stay Open

Check all of the windows and doors throughout the home to make sure that they can be easily opened in the event of an emergency. If there are security bars on the windows, ensure that they have emergency release devices so that they can be opened from the inside if needed.

With older homes, double-check both the inside and outside to see that they haven’t been nailed or painted shut, and take the necessary steps to re-open the window if needed.

For all of your fire safety needs in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, and Regina, you can depend on Bison Fire Protection. Contact us for your fire protection solutions and services today.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Own a Building? Here's The Fire Safety Equipment You Need to Have Installed

Bison's Own A Building Requirements List

Fire safety and prevention is the responsibility of landlords, whether you’re the owner of a commercial or residential building. Prevention, protection, and suppression are the main types of fire safety equipment that buildings must be equipped with.

No matter the daily ongoings within your building, a fire can start due to a number of situations. Electrical fires can start from overworked sockets, or kitchen fires can start from someone leaving food unattended on the stove. By ensuring that you’re building is prepared with a fire safety plan, posted routes of escape, and routine fire drills, you can help maintain the safe environment that your building provides its workforce or tenants.

Invest in high-quality, effective fire safety systems, and save your building from costly fire-related emergencies. Every commercial or residential building requires the following fire safety equipment to keep everyone inside safe and prepared:

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are a vital piece of fire safety equipment, allowing users to suppress small fires with the proper use of the extinguisher. Depending on your building, hazard level, and specific local fire codes, the type and amount of fire extinguishers you’ll need in your building vary. There are various types of fire extinguishers available on the market today, including:

  • Water and foam extinguishers
  • Carbon dioxide extinguishers
  • Wet chemical extinguishers
  • Portable dry chemical extinguishers
  • Stationary pumps
  • Wheeled fire extinguishers

For information on the number of extinguishers needed in your facility, contact your local fire department. The installation of fire extinguishers should be done by a professional protective fire equipment provider, and should be inspected regularly by the same provider. These companies will also help you decide where, and how, fire extinguishers should be placed throughout the building.


The type of alarm system that your building requires depends on the use of your building, and whether it is commercial or residential.

Smoke alarms can quickly detect both heat and fires. There are a variety of smoke alarms available for buildings, including:

  • Photoelectric smoke alarms, which use a light source within to detect fires.
  • Ionization smoke alarms, which are recommended for most buildings as they are able to respond best to raging fires.
  • Combination smoke alarms, which can detect smoldering, slow-spreading fires and fast, raging fires both.

Sprinkler Systems

Once again, there are a wide variety of sprinkler systems available for both residential and commercial buildings. These fire suppression systems can be extremely complex, or relatively simple. Once these systems are activated, they work to spray water from pipes onto a fire. These are known as wet pipe systems, and work best in heated spaces where they cannot freeze.

For unheated areas of commercial or residential spaces, there are other types of sprinklers available, such as:

  • Deluge sprinkler systems, which are only activated within spaces that the sprinkler is activated. This keeps other areas unaffected by fire safe from unnecessary water damage.
  • Preaction sprinkler systems allow for controlled fire protection. Buildings with plenty of technology and electrical equipment choose these sprinklers, as they protect specific areas.
  • Dry pipe sprinklers consist of pipes filled with pressurized air or nitrogen and are ideal for attics, warehouses, or commercial-sized freezers.

As a building owner, it is your responsibility to maintain your building’s fire safety equipment. Bison Fire Protection offers a wide variety of fire protection equipment and services, helping you to ensure the safety of your building. For more information, contact us at 866-441-3473 to schedule your fire safety services in Winnipeg, Thompson, Brandon, Regina, Saskatoon, or Kenora today.

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