Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bison's Fall Fire Safety Tips


The changing seasons are the perfect opportunity to review your fire safety knowledge. While many fire safety measures stay the same regardless of the season, as leaves fall from the trees and we turn on our heating systems it’s important to reassess and make sure that we are being as safe as possible.

However, with the change of seasons also comes changes in fire safety, so it’s important to be mindful of the changes that different seasons will bring.

Are you being fire safe this fall? Check out our to-do list of steps to take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this fall season:

Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

The easiest way to remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors is to change them with the change of seasons; when winter turns to spring, and when summer turns to fall. At the same time, make a point to double-check that your fire extinguishers are all fully charged and in working order. 

If you have trouble remembering to add these tasks to your fall to-do list, just remember that they should be completed around the same time as Daylight Savings Time is implemented. That way, you always have a bi-annual reminder to stay fire safe.

Check your Fire Extinguisher

Check your Fire Extinguisher. Make sure the gauge is in the green. Invert the cylinder to feel the powder moving inside. Ensure the hose is not plugged with dirt, dust, of a comfy looking spider.

If you are not sure of the condition, or have used the extinguisher, bring it in to our shop to be professionally serviced. Once used an extinguisher needs to be recharged even if there is still powder left in the tank. The expellant will leak out over time leaving the extinguisher incapable of operating when you need it.

Check Your Central Heating

Before you start putting your central heating system into overdrive, make sure to have your system inspected, cleaned, and serviced by a certified heating, venting, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor.

If you use a gas heater then make sure to double (or triple!) check that you have a sufficient amount of fully functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed.

Use Your Space Heater Safely

Winters on the prairies can be unforgiving and it’s not uncommon for us to “boost” our indoor heat by using a space heater. However, it’s important to be extra-careful around these portable and handy little units, as they can easily become causes for alarm.

Some things to keep in mind when using your space heater are:

  • Ensure that there is at least 3ft of empty space around your space heater.
  • Never put clothes or blankets over the space heater to dry.
  • Turn off your space heater when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Don’t store combustible products near your space heater.

Be Outdoor Fire Safe

As the leaves begin to fall they can become brittle and flammable, so make sure to have your roof and gutters cleaned of debris, such as leaves, old bird’s nests, and pine needles.

If you have an overwhelming amount of leaves on your property, make sure to double-check the City of Winnipeg outdoor burning regulations (or the regulations from your local municipality) and do not engage in the illegal burning of leaves and other outdoor materials.

For more information about how you can prevent fires at home and at work, contact the professionals at Bison Fire Protection at (204) 237-3473 today.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How To Safely Burn Leaves This Fall

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For many people, burning leaves is a tradition that many families enjoy and look forward to each year as the seasons change and the days grow shorter and cooler. Often the sight and smells of these bonfires can signal the start of fall just as much as the first frost, or the sight of pumpkins and squash.

However, if you’re planning to burn leaves in your yard or in a field this season it’s important to take the necessary fire safety precautions in order to avoid dangerous situations where sparks and embers could escape and ignite your home, or surrounding trees and bushes.

Make sure to follow these important steps in order to stay safe while enjoying this autumn tradition:

Apply for an Open-Air Permit

If you live within the City of Winnipeg them you need to apply for a fire permit before you can legally burn leaves. Not only does applying for a permit ensure that you have the appropriate space and location, but it is critical that you obtain legal permission to burn your leaves. Otherwise you may find yourself facing legal action from the city.

If you’re outside of Winnipeg, make sure to check with your local city or municipal government to make sure that you apply for the appropriate permits.

Keep Your Fire Small

If you have lots of leaves to burn, don’t dump them into a huge pile and burn them all at once. This can easily get out of control and become an emergency situation very quickly, so limit your batch sizes to ones which can easily be controlled by the person in charge.

Only Burn Leaves During the Day

While the idea of burning your leaves during the night, or at twilight, may sound charming, it is incredibly unsafe to do so because it becomes harder to see what is happening around you at night. While the pile of leaves may be burning brightly, you may not notice embers or sparks ignite nearby greenery until the situation has escalated beyond your control.

Not only that, but it becomes harder to properly fight a large fire at night because you can’t easily access your fire extinguisher, hose, and other extinguishing supplies.

Never Leave Your Fire Unattended

Fire spreads more quickly than many of us realize, and while it may seem okay to run inside to answer the phone, use the washroom, or make a snack, you never know what a fire will do in your absence and it is critical that you never leave a fire unattended.

The best practice in these situations is to have one or two other capable adults with you while you burn your leaves, so that if you need to run inside for a moment you can be confident that your fire won’t be left unattended.

Keep A Fire Extinguisher Or Water Hose Nearby

A fire extinguisher in good working condition or a water hose kept in close proximity to the fire will aid in the event the fire begins to spread. If you can catch it early enough these types of protection will work. Fire grows exponentially if you can't get the fire back in control quickly call the fire department immediately. Never put the safety of yourself or others at risk.

Stay safe this season by trusting in the experts from Bison Fire Protection. Give us a call today at (204) 237-3473 to learn more about how we can help.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bison Fire Ranks in Profit 500 For 4th Consecutive Year


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Bison Fire Protection Inc. Ranks No. 343 on the 2016 PROFIT 500

PROFIT and Canadian Business unveils 28th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Winnipeg (September 15, 2016) Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked Bison Fire Protection No. 343 on the 28th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business and at, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

Bison Fire Protection has made the 2016 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 151%.

“Companies become a part of the PROFIT 500 through innovative thinking, smart strategy and sheer grit,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “These firms demonstrate what Canadian entrepreneurs can achieve, both at home and across the globe.”

“Bison Fire is pleased to have again ranked in Canada’s PROFIT 500. What makes this even more special is that it’s the 4th consecutive year we have accomplished this!” says Rob Read President of Bison Fire Protection. He goes on to say. “Achieving these types of awards is a credit to our team. They understand where we are going, and everyone contributes to meeting our goals”

Bison Fire Protection is the leader in fire safety and fire prevention in Manitoba and is dedicated to providing complete fire protection systems to our customers.

We began in 2001 as a fire extinguisher and automatic suppression provider, and have since grown into a full service company providing sales and service for fire alarms and sprinkler systems with shops in Winnipeg and Thompson, as well as Regina, Saskatchewan and Kenora, Ontario. 

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Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving, best-selling and most-trusted business publication in the country. With a total brand readership of more than 1.1 million, it is the country's premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada's business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. We provide concrete examples of business achievement, thought-provoking analysis and compelling storytelling, all in an elegant package with bold graphics and great photography. Canadian Business—what leadership looks like.


About Bison Fire Protection

Bison Fire Protection is committed to providing superior services and products for our customers.

Since our establishment in 2001, Bison Fire Protection has grown rapidly to help meet the safety needs of our customers. We began as a fire extinguisher and automatic suppression provider, and have since grown into a full-service fire suppression business which includes fire alarm and automatic sprinkler system installation with the acquisition of Protec Sprinklers in 2011. This addition has allowed us to begin offering automatic sprinkler design, contracting, and installation services to our customers, providing us with more ways to keep you safe.

In 2006 our family expanded to include Thompson Extinguisher Service and we added their 20+ years of experience to our catalogue of products and services. In 2010 we expanded once again to meet the needs of our customers in Regina, Saskatchewan, and in 2015 we expanded our service area to include a full service shop in Kenora, Ontario.


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Rob Read, President, Bison Fire Protection

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What To Do When A Campfire Gets Out Of Control

Camping is one of the best ways to enjoy the early fall months as temperatures drop slightly and the bugs disappear. There’s nothing quite like stepping out of your tent into the morning air brewing fresh coffee over a fire, going swimming and fishing in the lake, and roasting evening marshmallows over that same fire.

We’ve already shared 5 Easy Ways to Stay Safe During Camping Season, where we discussed how to prevent fires from getting out of control while camping… but what do you do if your fire is already too high? How can you tame the intense flames and restore safety to your campsite?

Know Your Top 3 Priorities

If you find that your campsite fire has gotten out of control, then make sure to keep these three things in mind:

  1. Make sure that nobody is hurt, or gets hurt.
  2. Make sure that the fire hasn’t damaged items needed to survive (tents, sleeping bags, food)
  3. Keep the fire from spreading from your campsite to the surrounding forest, as it could cause a forest fire.

Staying calm and jumping into immediate action is the best way to ensure that these three priorities are met, so instead of panicking, take a deep breath and do the following:

Steps for Putting Out a Fire

The most important thing in this scenario is to not panic. You can help make sure that your friends and family members stay calm by directing their actions. Take control and delegate specific tasks to keep them organized and on-track, making statements like “Alice, do X” and “Brian, do Y” etc.

Not sure what to get them to do? Below are the steps, listed in order of priority (though ideally these should be accomplished in tandem):

?     Put shoes on (to make sure nobody steps in burning embers or gets their feet burned by the flames)

?     Keep small children, pets, and injured people away from the fire and out of the way to the path to the nearest water source.

?     Find large containers (bowls, buckets, etc) and take them to a nearby water source

?     Throw water on the edges of the fire first, working your way in

?     Take towels and blankets to drench in water and use to smother the fire. Reuse and resoak as needed.

?     Move tents, backpacks, chairs, and other items out of the way and away from the fire

Stay Calm

Especially if small children are around you may find that they begin to cry and focus on keeping non-essential items (like stuffed animals, toys, or books) safe, but it’s important to keep them away from the problem area and, if possible, enlist the help of another adult to manage them and keep them from getting in the way.

Know When to Call for Help

If the fire gets too big and you believe that your fellow campers can’t put it out, then it’s time to call 911 or the local ranger station. If you’re out of cell reception, delegate a driver to head to the closest station to alert them of the problem.

For more information about staying fire-safe, contact your local fire protection experts at Bison Fire Protection at 204-237-3473 today.

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