Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Best Places to Keep a Fire Extinguisher in Your Home

Bison Fire's Best Places to Keep a Fire Extinguisher in your Home

Nobody wants to think about the possibility of a fire starting in their home, but staying fire safe and protecting your family and your investments means ensuring that you have a plan and the right equipment in place to combat a house fire in the event of an emergency.

When it comes to extinguishing a house fire, time is of the essence. With this in mind, we wanted to share some tips on where homeowners in Winnipeg and the prairies should keep their fire extinguishers:

In The Kitchen

Did you know that 65% of all fires start in the kitchen? It’s true, and this staggering statistic makes your kitchen the most important place to have a fire extinguisher.

Most kitchen fires involve grease, which means they can’t be put out by throwing water on them. In this case, a Class K fire extinguisher is needed, since they’re specifically designed to put out fires which are fuelled by vegetable oils or animal fats. 

However: don’t keep the fire extinguisher right next to the stove, as you may not be able to get to it in the event of a stovetop fire. Instead, keep it approximately 30 feet away on an opposite wall or even in an adjacent room or closet that’s easily accessible from your kitchen.

On Each Floor

There should be at least one fire extinguisher on every floor of your home. Make sure to store them in a visible place so they don’t get covered with clutter, and never store them behind drapes or curtains, otherwise you may not be able to see and find them during a stressful emergency.

Make sure that every family member is aware of where the fire extinguishers are on each floor, and take the time to practice using them.

In Your Garage and Shop

Most homes in the prairies have an attached or detached garage, and this is another ideal spot to keep a fire extinguisher since other flammable materials like paints, gasoline, and solvents are often kept in these areas.

Additionally, if you have a workshop located on your property this area also requires a fire extinguisher, ad the tools you’re using generate sparks which can quickly escalate into an out-of-control fire in your workshop.

The Laundry Room

Many of us wouldn’t think of the laundry room when considering where to place a fire extinguisher, but the lint that collects in your dryer and in your dryer exhaust tube is extremely flammable and can spark when exposed to the high heat used to dry your clothes.

Other Sources of Heat

Areas like fireplaces, chimneys, wood stoves, and furnaces are all potential fire hazards, and a responsible homeowner will keep a fire extinguisher close to each of these areas in their home in order to prevent an unexpected fire from starting and spreading from this location.

If you have any questions about fire alarms, fire equipment, or more steps to protect your college or university campus from fake fire alarms, contact Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today. We provide top-notch fire safety services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, and Regina.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

5 Fire Safety Tips forSummer

Bison Fire's 5 Fire Safety Tips for Summer

Summer is finally here, which means it’s the season for BBQing, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors. However, it’s also a time to be on high alert when it comes to starting and managing fires.

For example, The Globe and Mail reported provincial findings which concluded that in 2017 almost half of the fires reported in B.C. along were caused by humans. With this in mind we thought this would be a great time to revisit some of our favourite tips to preventing a summertime fire:

1. Invest in HVAC Maintenance

Running multiple air conditioning units can overload your heating, which can lead to house or condominium fires.

This is especially true if you haven’t invested in proper HVAC maintenance and have ensured that all electrical components are in proper working order, have been tested by a professional, and are free of dust and debris which can ignite from even the smallest spark.

2. Clean Your Exhaust Fans

Cleaning dust, dander, and debris out your exhaust fans and vents not only improves the quality and cleanliness of the air you breathe, but eliminates any opportunities for buildup which can accelerate the spread of an indoor fire.

3. Take Care of Your Lawn Mower

Lawn mower maintenance is essential to keeping your yard in check and extending the lifetime of your mower, but making sure that you follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for your mowing equipment can also decrease the likelihood of a fire.

Remember to regularly remove any debris and grass clippings from cutting units, engines, and mufflers, and always wait until your lawn mower has cooled completely before refueling.

4. Store Gas Containers Responsibly

If your BBQ or grill relies on gas containers or cylinders in order to function, make sure to store them in a cool, ideally day place like a shed or in the garage away from your primary dwelling. Never store your gas canisters indoors. Always double-check that caps are on tight, and that the cylinders are stored in an upright position.

5. Practice Safe Grilling

Many of us love to use our BBQ to cook up some steaks and vegetables on a summer’s night, but it’s essential that you keep your grill as far away from both your home and any trees or branches nearby.

Make sure to regularly remove any grease and gat buildup from the grills, and take the time to clean out the trays underneath the grilling components, as well.

We recommend keeping a “safe zone” of at least 3 feet around the grill at all times, and remember: never leave your grill unattended.

Summertime is always a great opportunity to enjoy our prairie weather and relax, and by following these steps you can be worry-free when it comes to fire safety this summer.  Contact us today by calling 866-441-3473 today to provide qualified and professional fire safety services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, and Regina.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Standard Response VS. Quick Response Fire Sprinkler Heads: What's the Difference?

Bison Fire's Rapid VS Regular response sprinkler heads

A critical component of any fire protection system are the fire sprinklers that automatically discharge water when they detect a fire, or when the temperature in the area exceeds a predetermined temperature.

But did you know that there are different kinds of sprinkler heads to choose from that are specific to your environment? It’s true! However, knowing which kind suits your needs can be confusing, so today we’re going to break down what you need to know about Standard Response vs. Quick Response fire sprinkler heads.

Let’s dive right in:

Getting Started: Fire Sprinkler Characteristics

An extinguisher’s ability to control or extinguish a fire is based on 6 core characteristics, which are:

  • Water distribution characteristics
  • Special service condition
  • Orifice size
  • Temperature rating
  • Thermal sensitivity
  • Installation orientation

The Two Main Types of Sprinkler Heads

Standard Response Fire Sprinkler Heads

The style wets and cools an area surrounding a fire, and suppresses the source of the fire and slows the spread of flames. This style of fire sprinkler head is activated individually, and will only become active if it is located directly above a fire.

Because this type is so precise, they’re typically best suited for commercial or industrial buildings like factories and warehouses.

Quick Response Fire Sprinkler Head

Quick response fire sprinkler heads discharge water from higher up on the ceiling which cools the area in order to prevent a fire from rising. This style of sprinkler head is especially useful for helping people evacuate from the area and survive fires, since they help prevent flash-over.

Generally this style are installed to suppress fires in high-density areas like offices, schools, healthcare facilities, and assisted care facilities. 

Standard vs. Quick Response Fire Sprinkler Heads: What’s the Difference?

The biggest difference between these two styles is the activation temperature. While a quick response (as the name implies) will activate more quickly due to its increased sensitivity, a standard response fire sprinkler head often requires a higher temperature in order to activate.

Additionally, the two styles look different: a standard response fire sprinkler head has a 5mm glass bulb, whereas a quick response fire sprinkler head has a 3mm one. It’s this difference in bulb size which acts as differentiator: the smaller bulbs increase thermal responsiveness, meaning the quick response triggers more quickly.

Which Fire Extinguisher Head is Right For You?

When choosing the right fire extinguisher heads, consider these key factors:

  • Area size to be protected
  • Ambient temperature throughout the year
  • Ceiling height

These elements will help you determine whether a quick response fire sprinkler head or a standard response fire sprinkler head is the right choice. For instance, quick response fire extinguisher heads are better suited for taller buildings, or smaller areas. 

If you still have questions, get in touch! Your Bison Fire Protection technician is happy to help you make the right choice for your business. Contact us today by calling 866-441-3473 today to provide qualified and professional fire safety services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, and Regina.

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