Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fire Extinguisher Facts That May Save Your Life

Fire extinguishers are a common sight around every corner of both residential and commercial buildings, so much so that they tend to blend in with their surroundings. In theory, these devices seem like a relatively simple tool that is used to put out small fires. But in a time of crisis, knowing how to use these tools most effectively may just save your life. Here are 5 fire extinguisher facts that can help you during a fire-related emergency:

1.  There Are Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

Not all fire extinguishers are designed to tackle every fire. There are different types of fires, and the type of fire extinguisher that should be installed in an area depends greatly on the types of fires that are most likely to experience.

Fire extinguishers should be labeled to show what type of fire and materials a fire extinguisher should be used on, including:

  • Flammable liquids
  • Wood
  • Cloth
  • Electrical/computer fires
  • Metal sources

If the wrong type of extinguisher is used on a fire, there is the potential that the extinguisher use could make the fire worse.

2.  Remember P.A.S.S. to Successfully Use an Extinguisher

P.A.S.S. is an acronym designed to help people remember the steps to successfully use a fire extinguisher: pull, aim, squeeze, sweep. These steps are:

  1. Pull the pin out from the top of the fire extinguisher.
  2. Aim the hose nozzle at the base of the fire.
  3. Squeeze the handle on the extinguisher.
  4. Sweep the nozzle of the extinguisher back and forth at the base of the fire to fully extinguish it.

3.  Fire Extinguishers Must Be Inspected Regularly

It’s crucial that the fire extinguishers in your home or commercial space are regularly inspected, as these inspections determine whether or not the extinguisher will work when you need it most.

A trained fire safety professional will let you know if your extinguisher is in need of repair, maintenance, or replacement.

4.  Consider Users of the Fire Extinguisher

Before you decide to install a specific type of extinguisher within your building, consider who will be most likely to use the extinguisher. If a fire extinguisher is too heavy, only a very small percentage of people will actually be able to use it effectively.

5.  Fire Extinguishers Need to Be Accessible

On top of considering who will use the extinguisher, make sure that the fire extinguisher itself is accessible at all times. An accessible extinguisher is one that is easy to locate and reach. Ensure that the location of the extinguisher is labeled and noted in multiple places, such as on the wall and in your fire safety plan.

Whether you’re looking to purchase a new fire extinguisher, or want to replace your existing tool, use these tips and professional advice to find the perfect extinguisher for your unique situation.

For all of your fire safety needs in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, Regina, and Saskatoon count on the professionals on Bison Fire Protection. Contact us for your fire protection solutions and services today.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How to Choose the Right Fire Alarm System for Your Business

In your place of business, ensuring the safety of your employees in the case of a fire-related emergency is crucial. As a business owner, you do everything that you can to protect your business both in terms of safety and legality, including having a high-quality and effective fire alarm system. However, with such a wide variety of fire alarm systems available on the modern market, making the right choice for your place of business may not be an obvious one.

A well-designed fire alarm system is one that keeps your employees and your business safe by protecting the building and its contents entirely. In order to choose the right commercial fire alarm system for your business, consult a fire protection expert, and ask yourself the following questions about your business:

1.  “How big is my commercial space?”

Is your business located in a small building, or multiple units in a tower space? The type of commercial space that you occupy has a big impact in the type of fire alarm system you need.

Basic systems are great for businesses in small buildings that a fire can easily be found. But for larger buildings, members of your local fire department will need help in determining where exactly a fire is, which is what a sophisticated fire alarm system can provide.

2. “What risk factors does My business have?”

Every business is different, therefore, so are the fire risks surrounding it. A fire alarm system must be able to alert everyone in the building that there is a fire, including people who are hearing impaired, blind, or have other issues that may require a different method of alerting them to a fire.

It’s important to remember a fire alarm system simply let’s people know that there is a fire risk, so ensure that your commercial space is also equipped with smoke detectors, heat sensors, and a sprinkler system.

3. “Does my business require constant monitoring?”

If you’re business doesn’t run on a 24 hour basis, implementing a 24/7 monitoring system will help catch fires when you’re not at your job. These systems are especially important for large warehouses or computer-based businesses who have a considerable amount of money and product present in their commercial space.

24/7 fire alarm monitoring systems can notify the your local fire department for you, or notify you directly in case of a fire, making sure that your commercial space is protected and safe.

Discuss Your Choices with a Fire Safety Professional

The most effective way to choose a fire alarm system that perfectly fits your unique commercial space is to consult with a fire safety professional. These experts have the knowledge, tools, and experience to help you and your employees feel safe within your place of business. 

Looking for superior fire alarm specialists? Contact Bison Fire Protection for service in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, Regina, or Saskatoon. Contact us for your fire protection solutions and services today.


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bison Fire Protection Inc. Ranks No. 370 on the 2017 PROFIT 500

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–Canadian Business unveils 29th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies –

Winnipeg (September 14, 2017) Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked Bison Fire Protection Inc. No. 370 on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and at, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

Bison Fire Protection Inc. made the 2017 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 139%.

“It is never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” says Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 program manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada—and the world—needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.”

“Bison Fire Protection Inc. is proud to be on the PROFIT 500 ranking for the fifth straight year,” says President Rob Read. “This achievement reflects the dedication and hard work of our team and the quality of our products.”

Offering Fire Alarm, Sprinkler, and Fire Suppression products in three provinces at the industrial and commercial levels has many rewards. Knowing the products we install and service save businesses from severe loss is secondary to the lives we protect on a daily basis. We take pride in receiving Ansul’s Diamond Award for sales and service excellence. As well as our President Rob Read receiving the Director of the Year award from The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

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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 now also includes fire alarm and automatic sprinkler system installations. Our team is committed not only to providing professional fire protection service and solutions, but also to helping educate our customers and train them on how to stay safe. As part of our commitment to you, our customer, we ensure that all Bison Fire Protection staff are trained and certified by each of our suppliers.

About the PROFIT 500 For 29 years, the PROFIT 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Developed by PROFIT and now published in Maclean’s magazine and at, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian companies on five-year revenue growth. For more information on the ranking visit or

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Data Center Fire Protection: What You Need to Know

A data center is a unique space when it comes to fire protection, and the consistent changes being made to the racks and other areas make for a challenging environment to install fire safety equipment, such as alarms and suppression systems.

Even the tiniest of fires can damage key pieces of electrical and technological equipment, resulting in an interruption of IT services and core operations. This loss of time can cost data center operators revenue over the time that the fire-damaged electronic components are being replaced.

The key to superior and effective fire protection in data centers is early detection and suppression.

Early Fire Detection in Data Centers

A large amount of smoke due to even a small fire within a data center can cause equipment failure, damage, and difficulty in responding to the fire due to the sheer amount of smoke. To effectively detect a fire early on in its burn life, the owner of a data center needs to be sure that smoke detectors are located where smoke is most likely to travel in a fire’s early stages.

These are places that are along the airflow path, such as the ceiling and close to HVAC vents. These smoke detectors should be part of a larger, sophisticated fire alarm system that notifies multiple professionals of the chance of a fire. Large data center facilities should have trained personnel who can search for the cause of the smoke who have access to thermal detectors, as many smoke-related incidents are caused by overheated equipment.

Effective Suppression Systems In Case of a Fire

For facility managers, implementing an effective fire suppression system is crucial for full-fledged fire protection, saving your center both time and money. In data centers, the primary choice of fire suppression systems may include sprinklers, pre action sprinklers, and special suppression agents such as mist, inert gas, or a clean agent.

Wet pipe sprinkler systems are the most basic option, but do have a chance of falsely discharging or leaking water onto expensive electronic equipment. These systems will automatically go off when high-heat or smoke is detected. If your data center is already equipped with a wet pipe sprinkler system, consider switching to welded pipe systems.

As for pre action suppression systems, there are two types: single and double interlock systems. For single interlock systems, they rely on separate events before activating, such as smoke or heat detector going off. Double interlock systems provide an extra level of security before sprinklers are activated, meaning that both a detector event and a sprinkler activation must go off before water even enters the pipes.

Clean agent suppression systems are the most common systems in data centers that are not water-based. These systems protect the data and IT equipment, as they are less likely to damage electronic equipment as compared to water.

Do you run a large-scale data center and require a professional opinion on the best fire protection system for your needs? For all of your fire safety needs in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, Regina, and Saskatoon, you can depend on Bison Fire Protection. Contact us for your fire protection solutions and services today.

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