Thursday, September 26, 2013

Provincial Inspection Regulations

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I have received a few calls lately from restaurant owners that I have come to know very well in Winnipeg. They were concerned with fire inspections being performed by The City of Winnipeg. The City has been doing spot inspections for years for a variety of reasons, but always in the interest of public safety. Their concerns however were The City is now charging for a service that was at one time free.

In this day and age everyone is looking for revenue sources. The City and Province are no different. The people they send to sight are highly trained professionals that take pride in doing a good job, but as I’ve said many times “trucks don’t run on love”. There is a real cost for the services they offer, and in the interest of public safety there is value.

There are ways of minimizing the cost to you so that they don’t have to make a return trip with additional charges.

  • Ensure all of your fire equipment inspections are current. If you are not sure call your service provider.
  • Follow all recommendations, and have deficiencies repaired in a timely manner.
  • Ensure your hoods have been cleaned by a professional company.
  • Make sure all paths of egress from the building are clear.
  • Keep all electrical/mechanical rooms clear to allow access to panels.

These are just a few of the things you should look for. If you have questions you can contact the Fire Prevention Branch for a complete listing of what you need to comply with current regulations. A copy of the letter from September 2012 can be downloaded above.

There is protection within the herd!

City of Winnipeg Inspections

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Finishing Touches

A good friend of mine has been busy building apartments in the city over the last few years. His concept is to build nice living space with higher quality appliances, hardware, and other nice touches that enhance the apartment, and he works hard to do that at an affordable price point. It’s a tough job, but he manages to get it done.

Mike’s recent project on Waterfront Drive is wrapping up and as it was coming to completion he wanted a nice finish in the hallways. As we discussed his various options I remembered the Larsen’s Architectural series recessed cabinets with a brushed aluminum finish. They look very similar to stainless steel without the added expense. As they say “One look was all it took!” He ordered the cabinets along with the Bison Brand fire extinguishers and installed them.

While I might be a little biased about this, I feel the cabinets hit a home run, they give the hallway a finished look, and meet fire code without having the extinguishers swinging from their mounting brackets inviting theft, vandalism, or damage.

A large part of what we do here is taking the time to work with consultants to ensure that fire code is met, but at the same time create a visual appearance that will be pleasing for many years to come.

There is protection within the herd!

Larsen's Aluminum Cabinet with Bison Fire ExtinguisherLarsen's Aluminum Cabinet with Bison Fire ExtinguisherM2 Testimonial

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Announces New Ambassador Co-Chairs

I have been fortunate to have become involved with The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce when I did. The Chamber has always been a vital part of Winnipeg business community as we saw last year with all of the 140 years of Chamber events, and video showing the great history The Chamber has, and how it has helped develop Winnipeg as a great city to do business in.

The Chamber has over the past several years really taken off with a fantastic, progressive staff, and a vibrant membership that understand the value in supporting each other, and how with that support our business not only grows, but truly thrives!

Today both Rob Read and Scott Reid were named Co-Chairs of the Ambassador Program within The Chamber. “The Ambassadors are group of professionals from various backgrounds who serve as liaisons with Chamber members. The goal of the Ambassadors is to encourage meaningful participation in the Chamber's programs and services for new members in an effort to build member commitment and increase member retention.” (I took this from their website.)

There are over 60 Ambassadors working together to bring information to Chamber members to improve communication, and participation so that we can build upon the success many people have had before us. Our goal is to reach 100 Ambassadors so if you want to join this dynamic group we have an opportunity for you!

As I’ve said there are so many great things going on right now that I just don’t have time to talk about them all. If you want more information about on going programs you can get it directly from the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce website, or feel free to contact me, and I’ll put you in touch with the right person. My inbox is always open! rread@bisonfire.com

There is protection within the herd!

Rob Read and Scott Reid the 2013 Ambassador Co-Chairs

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