Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Top 10 Things To Keep In Your Fire Safe Box

Many of us choose to keep important items in a safety deposit box, but when it comes to items which we may want or need in the event of an emergency, death, or home fire, keeping a fire-safe box on your property is always a smart choice.

Why Invest in a Fire-Safe Box?

Many people believe that keeping important items in a bank safety deposit box is the most secure way to store important documents and files, but these boxes are only available during regular business hours when your bank branch is open.

This means that items like your passport, insurance, and other essential items should be kept on-hand in your home, ideally in a fire-safe box or safe. That way they can be easily located if you need them, but will be safe and secure in the event of an unexpected home fire.

What Should You Put in Your Fire-Safe Box?

The contents of your fire-safe box may vary depending on your needs, and what you think is important to keep close at hand in the event of an emergency.

However, below is a list of important items which every homeowner should strive to keep in their fire-safe box. They include:

1. Property insurance and agent information. If your home suffers any damage due to a fire, you’ll want to have these documents in-hand as soon as possible.

2. Personal identification. These documents can include: passports, birth certificates, social security cards, and other pieces of personal identification for your family.

3. Lists of medical information. Make sure to include the names of your family doctor (multiples if your family has multiple doctors), prescriptions for medication, and contact information for all pharmacies you frequent.

4. A USB stick with personal information. Don’t let your personal photos and memories get lost in a fire; keep them safe and secure on a USB stick in your fire-safe box to recover later.

5. Important documentation. Keep important papers relating to bank accounts, investments, retirement plans, and other associated information in the box. It may also be a good idea to keep some cash for emergency use, as well.

6. Debt information. Keep all documentation relating to bank loans, lines of credit, mortgages, including total debts and due dates in your fire-safe box.

7. Copies of all legal documents. Make sure to include any living wills, health care proxies, and other important legal documentation on-hand, both for yourself and anyone for whom you are the designated caretaker or surrogate.

8. Copies of wills in which you are the executor. It’s important to keep these documents on-hand, as the contents of a safety deposit box are typically sealed upon notification of the box other’s death, meaning you may not be able to access these documents after the individual passes.

9. Valuables. Include any sentimental or expensive jewelry, cash, coins, etc. that you may want access to from time to time, but which should be stored away when not in use.

10. Spare keys. Include keys to any additional properties, vehicles, offices, etc.

Remember: this list is intended to be a suggestion for the items to keep in your fire-safe box. What you choose to store and protect depends entirely on you, your family, and your lifestyle.

For more information about how you can be prepared in the event of an unexpected home fire, contact your local experts at Bison Fire Protection. With offices in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. Find us online, or by calling 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fire Planning and Prevention For Busy Business Owners

Bison's Fire Planning and Prevention Tips

Being a business owner means that your employees rely on you to keep them safe. Not only does ensuring your employees safety save lives, but it can also mitigate the risk of damage, litigation, and more. As a result, ensuring that the proper fire protection systems and processes are in place is critical for any responsible business owner.

What can you do to prevent the damage, complications, and financial challenges posed by an unexpected fire? Keep reading to find out:

Start With a Solid Fire Plan

Having a proper fire escape plan is the best way responsible business owners can keep their employees and investments safe in the event of a fire. Not only can a planned, rehearsed fire escape plan reduce the risk of injury in an emergency, but it can also help avoid confusion during critical times, reducing the likelihood of damage and loss of life in the event of a fire.

What you can do: make sure that everyone in your office knows the proper evacuation procedures in the event of a fire. Put up escape routes on signs around your office and run fire drills regularly in order to ensure that everyone knows where to go.

Additionally, taking the time to adequately train employees on how to use the fire extinguishers located throughout the building can mean the difference between a small fire and a full-blown emergency which can damage your business and put your employees and staff at risk.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

One of the biggest mistakes any business owner can make is neglecting to adequately rehearse their fire escape plan. Not only does this put your employees at risk, but it also reduces the likelihood that a member of your staff will have the mental clarity to properly use a fire extinguisher in the event of a fire.

Often, business owners will experience pushback from staff who see these exercises as a waste of time and productivity, but it’s critical to be firm and insist that proper training, practice, and awareness are routine business within your organization.

Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

Offices are among the highest-risk areas of small fires escalating quickly due to the unusually large amount of files and papers which are often located on the premises. Of course, many modern businesses are currently transferring to a “paperless” or “paper-free” office and digitizing much of their documentation and processes, but it’s unlikely that even the most forward-thinking office will be rid of paper entirely.

With this in mind, investing in an adequate fire suppression system which includes regularly tested, fully-functioning smoke alarms and sprinkler systems can go a long way towards providing both you and your employees with the peace of mind you need in order to feel safe, productive, and happy in your place of business.

Enlist the Experts

For more information about how you can protect your business from the threat of unexpected fires, contact your local experts at Bison Fire Protection. With offices in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. Find us online, or by calling 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

3 Ways to Protect Your Business from a Fire

Bison Fire's 3 Ways to Protect Your Business

Fires can be devastating for any business owner. In addition to the risk of injury and even death of the occupants in the building, even the smallest fire can lead to expensive damage and repairs to the building you own.

With this in mind, taking precautionary steps to reduce the risk of a fire is essential to ensuring that your business is protected and secure. Below are three critical steps to take to keep your business, employees, and investments from being consumed by an unexpected fire:

1. Start With Proper Prevention

The first step to avoiding a fire is to prevent fire hazards from being present in your business or office building. Taking proactive steps to fire prevention is essential, and it’s important to stress this importance to your leadership team and employees, so everyone can be aware of what they need to do in order to limit fire hazards.

Some of these steps include:


  • Eliminate clutter. Stacks of boxes, books, paper, and trash are flammable and can easily start out-of-control fires from a single spark.


  • Limit or prohibit space heaters. While Canadian winters may often necessitate the use of a space heater, if left unattended these devices can easily start fires in your office. Instead, consider turning up the heat in your office to discourage space heater use.
  • Prohibit the burning of candles or incense. Some employees may want to burn sweet-smelling candles at their desk, but while these items may make for a welcoming workspace, they can easily lead to unexpected fires.

2. Install and Test Your Fire Alarms

If a fire were to happen in your business, a properly installed and maintained fire alarm is critical to preventing extensive damage, injury, and death. Fire alarms provide your employees with the time to safely evacuate the building and avoid the dangers of being caught inside during a blaze.

In order to ensure that your alarms are working properly, regularly test your fire alarms, run fire drills, and double-check that the batteries are fully charged.

3. Install and Provide Training for Fire Extinguisher Use

Fire extinguishers need to be installed correctly in every business, regardless of where your office is located. If you aren’t sure where the fire extinguishers should be installed in your office, contact a professional and ask for assistance in installing and maintaining your fire suppression system.

In addition to ensuring that your fire extinguishers are properly installed, investing in training for your employees in order to make sure that they can use the devices if the need should arise can mean the difference between a small, manageable emergency and a life-threatening blaze.

Keep your business safe and secure, and protect your investments and employees by taking the right precautionary steps. For more information contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. Find us online, or by calling 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

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