Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Water Mist Fire Extinguishers

Bison Fire's Everything you need to know about Water Mist Extinguishers

What do you do when a fire starts in your building? If you’re like most of us, then your first instinct may be to reach for a fire extinguisher… but have you ever considered using a water mist fire extinguisher instead? These units are particularly handy, and can be effective at putting out a small fire without resorting to using a handheld fire extinguisher.

Keep reading to learn all you need to know about these useful alternatives to ordinary fire extinguishers, and why they may be your best choice the next time you encounter a small fire:

What Are Water Mist Fire Extinguishers?

Water mist fire extinguishers aren’t filled with foam like ordinary fire extinguishers, and contrary to popular belief they aren’t filled with regular water, either.

Instead, water mist fire extinguishers are loaded with de-ionized water which expels from the canister as a mist. This allows you to extinguish the fire without leaving behind a wet mess, as is the case with other fire extinguisher types.

This is especially beneficial for commercial businesses who are concerned about the powdery condition left behind by a traditional fire extinguisher.

How to They Extinguish Fires?

The biggest factor in how water mist fire extinguishers fight fires is that the water has been deionized, which means that it doesn’t conduct electricity. This is a huge boon for business owners, since it means that these types of extinguishers are safe to use around electrical equipment and appliances since it won’t cause any damage.

Another benefit to using water mist fire extinguishers is that they can be used on delicate materials and surfaces, since the nozzle design ensures that the water comes out in tiny, fine droplets that are almost too small to be seen with the naked eye.

What Types of Fires Should Water Mist Fire Extinguishers be Used For?

The primary type of fire that can be subdued using a water mist fire extinguisher is a Class A fire, or a fire that has started due to a heat or sparks which lead to combustion. These types of extinguishers can also be used on Class C fires, which are fires involving electrical equipment and other electrical hazards.

Commercial buildings like hospitals will also often rely on water mist fire extinguishers, since they need to keep the area as germ-free as possible while still suppressing the fire. Similarly, museums and data centers may also benefit from these extinguisher types, as they will cause less damage to the items and electrical components.

If you operate a business in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina and are looking to know more about water mist fire extinguishers, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The 3 Easiest Ways to Avoid Commercial Fires

Bison Fires 3 easiest ways to avoid commercial fires

When business owners take preventative steps to protect their commercial property from a fire, often we think of the basics: properly-functioning smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and fire suppression sprinklers.

What’s missing from this list? If you answered “employees” then you’re correct! This is because your employees may accidentally start a fire while at work, and without proper training they may not know what they could have prevented it.

With that in mind, here are the top three things you and your employees can to do minimize the risk of a fire in your commercial building:

Resolve Electrical Issues

Problems with wall outlets, plugs, wiring, and electrical equipment can all be the source of a fire if not fixed in a timely manner.

For example, if one of your wall outlets has a socket that looks burnt or charred, call an electrician as soon as possible and make sure that none of your staff use the outlet until it has been repaired by a qualified professional.

Similarly, many commercial fires start from overloaded extension cords and electronics that haven’t been powered down when not in use. This is especially commonplace in office settings, where staff may cram multiple extension cords together in order to make sure their desktop PCs, laptops, phone chargers, tablet chargers, printers, etc. are always plugged in.

Keep Clutter to a Minimum

Cluttered and messy spaces can be anxiety-inducing in many of us, but leaving files, folders, papers, and other flammable items lying around can be one of the biggest fire hazards facing your business.

These items pose a significant risk because - of course - paper is highly flammable, and a single spark from an outlet or extension cord, can cause a fire to erupt on a desk or in an area where papers have been allowed to pile up.

Not only does this pose a danger of fires starting in your business, but should a fire start these flammable papers could wind up impeding your staff from being able leave the building and safely evacuate during an emergency.

Not Paying Attention

The larger the business, the higher the likelihood that someone will make a mistake that can lead to an emergency situation. This isn’t cause for blame; after all, we all make mistakes from time to time, but employees need to know what’s at stake, and what is expected of them, in the event of a fire-related emergency.

For example, in order to avoid leaving the stove on in the break room, or to avoid something burning in the microwave, encourage staff to visit the break room in pairs or groups so there is always someone in the room to keep an eye on things.

If you operate a business in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina and are looking to know more about how to protect your investment from fire damage, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today to schedule an appointment with a fire safety experts.

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