Thursday, May 29, 2014

Smoke Detector Sensitivity Testing

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Smoke detectors are a vital part of any fire alarm system and shouldn’t be confused with their cousins the smoke alarms that most people have in their homes. Smoke detectors are integral to a fire alarm system and when activated tell the fire alarm panel to ring the bells, actuate horns and strobes, can recall elevators, change the functions of the building make-up air system, and call the fire department. To say they are important is an understatement.

Some of the issues that smoke detectors face can range from physical damage, dust or dirt build-up, and old age. All of these things can lead from a lowering of sensitivity to outright failure. This is just one of the reasons we perform annual fire alarm inspections and there are fire codes and standards we need to adhere to because we are dealing with life safety equipment, and when corners are cut people will die. 

Fire code has for some time required detector sensitivity testing to ensure the detectors remain within the original manufacturers specifications there have been however challenges in getting this testing done to satisfy fire code, and The Office of the Fire Commissioner. This is an issue the Manitoba Chapter of the CFAA (Canadian Fire Alarm Assn.) has been lobbying for, more specifically the types of equipment that can be used to perform the testing.

Recently we received approval for the use of universal ULC listed testing equipment. The test poles that are now approved can be used on many different manufacturers’ smoke detectors instead of having to try to source a test pole from each manufacturer that even if made available would be cost probative, never mind trying to purchase multiple poles to ensure quality workmanship, and as most people are aware if costs rise so do inspection rates.

There are a number of people that volunteer their time to write letters, attend meetings provincially, and generally lobby the specific fire prevention, insurance or various other groups. We do this for the betterment of our industry, and the well-being for the residents of Manitoba. As a director of the Manitoba Chapter of the CFAA, and the President of the MFEEA (Manitoba Fire Extinguishing Equipment Assn.) I take a lot of pride in make a positive difference in the lives of Manitobans’.

There is protection within the herd!

Posted by Rob Read at 4:13 PM 0 Comments

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bison Fire Supports McHappy Day

McHappy Day is the day that McDonalds Restaurants set aside to raise money for Ronald McDonald House. They give 1 dollar from every Big Mac, Happy Meal, and Egg McMuffin sold to Ronald McDonald House, a place the people that operate the house would prefer be called a home. Ronald McDonald House Manitoba is an organization that keeps families together. They operate two core programs: Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Children's Hospital. 

Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for out-of-town families who are in Winnipeg while their children are receiving care for any illness. The House is a warm, welcoming space where families can connect with each other in a supportive environment.

We were excited to be asked to participate in McHappy day, and Mike Webster our suppression supervisor had a great time working with the McDonalds staff, and supporting a great cause. Winnipeg has many great charities operating for the betterment of the community we all work, play, and live in. I’m proud to see so many business community leaders supporting charities with their time, and money. We do make a difference.

There is protection within the herd!

Mike Webster at McHappy Day!

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Introducing The Bison Fire Protection YouTube Page

With social media being the latest in providing information about your company, and the products we offer we felt it was time to add a YouTube page titled Bisonfire1 to our website. The idea here is to have us have video’s that showcase Bison Fire and the work we do. Please feel free to subscribe!

We want this page to be educational as we move forward there will be videos that we create, or possibly have produced for us that walk people through the world of fire protection. There are also many great product video’s that are produced by our suppliers. The challenge for many of our customers is knowing where to search them out. We felt that having them collected on one page will help people understand the products, and enable them to make an educated buying decision, or help them understand the work required to get the job done to current standards.

We have a couple of great videos about our company that highlight what we have been up to, and where we are going.  Bison Fire Protection Spirit Award 2013 is the first and The Winnipeg Chamber Rookie of the Year Award 2013 is our second. I have already added a number of product video’s as previously mentioned as well, and will continue to do so as we move forward.

If there is a something of interest you have seen, and want to share, or if there is something you have been searching for please contact Rob Read and I’ll make every effort to include, or find the information you are looking for.

There is protection within the herd!

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