Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bison's Home Fire Safety Checklist

Bison's Home Safety Checklist

Staying fire safe at home is about more than just throwing up a few smoke detectors and installing a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and calling it a day.

While it’s also important to check to make sure the stove isn’t left on, that candles are blown out, there are also a lot of other things that we need to take care of day-to-day in order to prevent the likelihood of a house fire.

To see what you can do to keep your home protected and safe from fires, keep reading and use our handy checklist to prevent fires in every area of your home:

The Basement & Laundry Room

-       Check the areas around your furnace, wood stove, water heater, and other equipment which generates heat to make sure that there is no debris or flammable material close by.

-       Check to see if your breaker panel has not been recalled, or needs to be replaced.

-       Check to see that breaker wires are not loose.

-       Any oily rags are kept in closed, air-tight containers a safe distance away from heat sources and equipment.

-       You aren’t storing garbage in the basement.

-       Remove the lint from inside your dryer after every use.

-       Remove lint and dust from the back of the dryer.

-       Ducting material made from plastic or foil has been replaced with semi-rigid, or rigid, metal ducts.

The First Floor

-       A smoke detector is installed and working properly.

-       The kitchen has a working fire extinguisher.

-       Cooking surfaces are free of grease and food particles.

-       Curtains, towels, pot holders, and plastic utensils are stored away from hot surfaces

-       Kid-friendly snacks aren’t stored above the stove.

-       Closets with lights inside have covers (hot bare bulbs can cause fires)

-       Shades covering incandescent lights are at least 12 inches away from the lights.

-       Any fireplaces have screens, clear flues, and no debris around the base of the fireplace.

-       Your chimney is cleaned annually by a qualified professional.

-       Your electrical outlets aren’t crowded and overloaded.

The Upstairs & Attic

-       Each hallway and bedroom has a working smoke detector

-       Lights in closets aren’t exposed (cover the bulbs with a shade or fixture)

-       Your electrical outlets aren’t crowded and overloaded.

-       Cords don’t run under rugs, carpets, or are pressed against the beds.

-       Portable heaters are at least three feet from beds and flammable materials such as rugs, blankets, and curtains.

-       The floor has a fully functioning fire extinguisher.

-       There is at least a three-inch gap between any fibreglass insulation in your attic, and the lighting fixtures.

The Garage

-       Don’t store trash in the garage.

-       The door between the house and garage is solid, and has a threshold to prevent fires from travelling into the home.

-       The garage is clear and uncluttered.

-       Gasoline is stores away from any heat, or devices, vehicles, or equipment which could cause a spark or be flammable.

For more help staying fire safe, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection at 204-237-3473 and get fast, professional fire safety solutions.

Posted by Rob Read at 1:53 PM 0 Comments

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Must Have Safety Equipement for Homes With Small Children

Bison's Home Safety Tips

Keeping your family safe from fires and protecting your home and investments should always be one of your biggest priorities, and it’s likely that you’ve already taken many of the common precautions, including installing smoke detectors, keeping fire extinguishers on every floor of your home, planning a fire escape route and practicing it, etc.

However, one of the biggest steps you can take to keep every member of your family safe from fires is to invest in the right fire safety equipment for yourself and your family.

Keep reading to see some of our “must haves” for your family with small children:

A Fire Safety Book

If you have small children at home then keeping a fire safety book around the house can go a long way towards helping them feel comfortable about fire safety, and encouraging little ones to read and remember important fire safety tips.

If you don’t have any, head to your local bookstore and help your child pick out a few books about fire safety, or which features stories about firefighters (if your kids are into firefighters).

These books are written for children, and will be able to explain why fire safety is important, and what they can do if they spot a fire. An added bonus is that reading these books together is a great way to bond and spend time together as a family.

A Fireplace Door Lock

If your home has a fireplace then one of the first things you should get when you have a small child is a lock for the fireplace door.

Not only is discovering that your child has crawled near (or into!) your fireplace a terrifying scenario for any parent, but installing a lock on the fireplace door can also prevent dying embers from escaping out of the fireplace and landing on your carpet, drapes, or surrounding furniture.

A Safety Pilot Light

If your home uses a natural gas-fueled, or propane-fueled vented fireplace, installing a safety pilot light can help prevent the fireplace from getting turned on by accident.

There’s an on/off switch on the safety pilot light, but the most useful component of this system if that it includes an automatic shutoff if the internal flame in your fireplace is accidentally extinguished.

Flame Resistant Oven Mitts 

Kitchen fires are one of the most common causes of house fires in Canada, and investing in heat and flame-resistant oven mitts is a great way to prevent burns and and avoid fires caused by towels or mitts left on the stovetop by accident.

An Oven Lock

If you haven’t already invest in this essential piece of “baby proofing” equipment, then make sure to head out as soon as you can to pick one up.

An oven lock does exactly what the name implies: it allows you to lock your oven door shut so that little hands and fingers don’t pull open the door and reach in.

Safe safe at home and call 204-237-3473 for professional service and solutions from the fire protection experts at Bison Fire Protection.

 

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Bison's Tips For Building a DIY Fire Pit

Bison's DIY Firepit

Installing a fire pit in your yard is an easy and safe way to enjoy the outdoors after the sun goes down, but it;s important to make sure that your fire pit is safe to use, and you’re taking all the necessary precautions.

One of the most important aspects of safe fire pit use is to make sure that you’re using a safe and well-constructed fire pit, but if you don’t want to spend your savings on an expensive fire pit you can easily make one yourself which is easy on the eyes and safe to use.

Submerged Fire Pits

Submerged fire pits are becoming popular with homeowners and cottage owners because they blend easily into the surroundings.

 If you’re planning to dig into the ground, make sure to call 311 to have a technician visit your property to mark where all of your pipes, underground lines, and cables are located underground so that you can dig without worrying about rupturing one of them.

Once you’ve dug your fire pit to your desired size, line the dirt walls of the pit with bricks or dry stones (if you’re using river stones, make sure they dry completely before use.) Add a layer of gravel to the bottom of your pit and cover the gravel with large stones, bricks, or cement.

Use stones to create the top rim and stack bricks or stones as high as you’d like in order to make the pit easy to spot (so nobody falls in) and solidify your stones in place using fire-resistant adhesive.

One last thing: make sure to have drainage from your fire pit, or it will turn into a mosquito breeding ground the moment summer hits.

Gravel Fire Pit

These are one of the easiest kinds of fire pits to put together: all you need to do is buy some gravel to use as your foundation, and then spread it around the area where you intend to install your fire pit.

Then, using large, heavy stones which you can dry-stack, form a circle and build them up to create your easy, DIY fire pit.

Overlaid Stone Fire Pit

If you’re looking for a more artsy feel in your outdoor space, instead of using pre-cut stones and bricks to build your fire pit you can use uniquely-shaped bricks and overlay them to build up your fire pit.

Make sure to use common sense when stacking the stones: make sure that they are dry and feel secure when you stack them. If they don’t feel completely secure, reinforce the area using flame-resistant masonry adhesive.

Once the walls have been built, add a few inches of sand to the centre of the pit, and surround the pit with at least a few inches of sand and gravel. No grass, shrubs, or other yard matter should be within two feet of your new fire pit.

Want more tips on how to safely enjoy your fire pit? Check out our Fire Pit Safety Tips article.

Give the fire safety experts at Bison Fire Protection a call today at 204-237-3473 and enjoy professional service with every visit.

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