Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Insulation and Fire Protection: What You Need to Know
Insulation is essential for keeping your home warm and cozy during the winter, and cool and comfortable during the winter. Investing in insulation for your home is one of the most cost-effective ways that you can reduce your monthly energy costs, and if often one of the easiest ways to improve your comfort while lowering your bills.
However, many homeowners neglect to take fire safety into consideration when choosing their insulation, and often choose styles of insulation which haven not been properly tested and approved for fire safety.
Luckily, there are a variety of options available which are not only effective at controlling your indoor temperature, but which can slow the spread of a fire in the event of an emergency. Keep reading to learn more:
Fiberglass insulation is a common type of insulation found in many homes throughout Canada. This style, as the name implies, is made up of extremely small, fine shards of glass fibers which have been spun into rolls, batts, or used as loose-fill insulation.
Because it is made of glass, most fiberglass insulation is noncombustible, which means that it doesn’t need to be treated with a flame-retardant chemical to protect it from being engulfed in flames. Some forms of fiberglass insulation come covered in foil or paper coverings, and need to be installed behind a code-approved barrier to be considered safe against fire hazards.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray insulation or foam insulation is made from foaming products such as polyurethane and polyisocyanurate is popular because it is highly versatile. For example, foam insulation can be sprayed into unfinished attic floors, wall cavities, and more.
Some types of spray foam insulation can ignite at temperatures as low as 370 degrees Celsius, and require that a thermal barrier is fitted over the top once the insulation is installed. However, low-density polyurethane foam spray is much more resistant to heat and flames, and won’t catch fire.
Mineral Wool Insulation
Mineral wool, which is also known as “rock wool” or “slag wool” is made from natural minerals including diabase and basalt, and is one of the best insulating and flame-retardant insulating materials that you can buy.
Mineral wool is made up of non-combustible fibers, which means that it doesn’t require additional chemicals or barriers to be installed to protect it from heat and flames unless it is installed with a foil or kraft paper barrier. Unlike fiberglass insulation, mineral wool will not melt in high heat.
Protect Your Property from Fires
Whether you’re installing insulation in your new home or commercial business, or need help assessing your current fire safety setup to keep you protected during emergencies, Bison Fire Protection are here to help.
Contact us at 204-237-3473 to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment with a qualified fire safety expert.
Monday, February 06, 2017
It’s surprising how often a Near Miss Report can get results. Here’s a great example:
As every tech who handled a new extinguisher knows, those boxes had been constantly ripping apart.
By December, 1 out of 3 of the 20lb extinguishers boxes were tearing, and 1 out of 10 of the 10lb boxes were too. One of our technicians and our safety manager filled in a Near Miss Report, and sent it over to the manufacturer with a letter expressing Bison’s concerns.
It mentioned that if an extinguisher fell and discharged, that would be bad, but if a customer got a broken toe, that would be a lot worse!
They took us seriously and forwarded our concerns to their factory. It turns out they had a defective glue machine. They fixed it, and we can confirm that when we recently got a batch of 20lb extinguishers--not a single box fell apart. Let’s hope it stays that way!
A perfect example of how a little bit of paperwork , and a well-run safety program can save a lot of headaches, or toe aches.
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ANSUL Foam Fire Protection Systems: What Are They and What Are the Benefits?
Traditional, water-based fire suppression systems are common in many business, but if your business involves handling and processing flammable liquids then it is wise to invest in a more robust fire suppression system to keep your employees and your space safe from fires.
In these situations we recommend installing an ANSUL foam-based fire protection system solutions. These systems are designed to suppress fires in large, industrial spaces and are equipped with foam suppression which can quickly extinguish fires caused by flammable liquids of products.
What Are ANSUL Fire Protection Systems?
ANSUL was founded in 1915, and initially produced chemical compounds which were used in the refrigeration industry. However, after developing and releasing a new kind of chemical extinguisher system which proved to be superior to existing industrial fire suppression systems in 1946, they shifted focus to develop products for commercial and industrial fire suppression.
Currently, ANSUL is one of the leading companies in developing and manufacturing automatic foam fire suppression systems for airplane hangars, restaurants, and more.
ANSUL fire suppression systems use a fire-fighting agent called Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF), which are a combination of solvents, hydrocarbon, and fluorochemical surfactants which suppress any oxygen which may be present in the air, suppressing a fire quickly and effectively.
One of the biggest benefits to using these systems is that they feature a modular design, which makes it easy to add onto your existing system as your fire protection needs grow and change. The technicians at Bison Fire Protection can assist you with:
Where Do You Typically Find ANSUL Fire Suppression Systems?
Foam-based suppression systems can be delivered through a wide variety of fire suppression systems, and are ideal for large, industrial spaces including:
- Manufacturing plants
- Storage facilities
- Municipal fire departments
- Aircraft hangars
- Jet engine testing facilities
If you’re not sure if an ANSUL foam fire system is right for your business, simply contact Bison Fire Protection for an inspection and professional assessment of your fire safety needs.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing Bison Fire Protection?
Unlike many other fire protection companies who depend on out-of-province experts to offer their services at a markup, the technicians at Bison Fire Protection have completed the ANSUL Foam Fire Suppression Systems Inspection, Testing, Recharge & Maintenance course.
This means that we are available to assist you with installing a new ANSUL system and incorporating it into your existing fire safety strategy, or to help you design a complete, custom fire protection plan from scratch, provide local service, all while keeping costs as low as possible.
Expand on your existing fire suppression system, or upgrade to a newer, safer ANSUL foam fire protection system with the help of experienced technicians at Bison Fire Protection. Contact us today at 204-237-3473 and let us help you stay fire safe.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Winter storms can pose a serious threat to even the most prepared homeowners. Storms, which can bring blinding driving snow, extreme dips in temperature, icy and dangerous road conditions, downed power lines, and more can be stressful to manage and can even lead to dangerous issues such as winter fires.
How can you be prepared to handle a winter storm and protect your family, home, and possessions from fires during a winter storm? Keep reading to find out:
How to Prepare for a Winter Storm
Most weather networks will alert you to when a winter storm is incoming, which will give you time to prepare by taking these necessary precautions:
- Test all smoke alarms. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout your home to ensure that they are working properly, and that their batteries do not need to be replaced.
- Make a plan with neighbours. Establish a “buddy system” with neighbours in your area to keep an eye on everyone’s homes in the event of a fire or emergency situation.
- Keep your house number visible. Make sure to clear off any snow from your house numbers, or place a sign in a visible window, so that the fire department and first responders can easily identify your home in the event of a fire or emergency.
- Make sure you can leave. Shovel your walkway and driveway before the storm hits to remove any snow, and lay out ice melting products to ensure easy access and exits from your home.
How to Prepare for a Power Outage
Power outages are common occurrences during winter storms. Many homeowners may experience powerlessness anywhere from a half an hour to several days, depending on the severity of the storm.
- Make sure you have light. Make sure to have flashlights with fully charged batteries available. Never use candles during a power outage.
- Keep snacks and food on hand. Never attempt to use a portable grill, griddle, or heat source indoors.
- Stay away from downed power lines. If your power goes out and you can see the downed power line, do not approach the power line. Instead, call 311 or your local city service line and report it.
What to Do if the Power Goes Out
Being prepared in the event of a power outage is essential to keeping your family safe and secure while you wait out the storm. Follow these steps to stay fire safe in the event of a power outage:
- Layer up. Instead of depending on portable heaters as your only source of heat, make sure to bundle up and use layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm.
- Turn off portable heaters when you go to bed. It may be tempting to leave space heaters on while you’re sleeping to stay warm, but leaving a portable heater unattended may result in a house fire.
- Never use candles. It may be tempting to light candles in the event of a power outage, but they may start a house fire, leaving you with few options other than facing the blizzard outside.
The fire safety experts at Bison Fire Protection are here to keep you safe and protect your home, business, and investments. Contact us at 204-237-3473 for service today.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The new year is always an exciting time. It’s a time for reflection, a time for change, and a great opportunity to review the important steps that homeowners should take in order to keep their homes, loved ones, and possessions safe from fires.
At Bison Fire Protection one of our goals is to keep you informed about the most important news relating to fire protection and safety, and we’ve put together a list of our top 10 fire safety tips for 2017, which you can read below:
1. Regularly Check Your Smoke Alarms
Your smoke alarms are your first line of defence against a fire, and are essential to alerting you that there is excess smoke in your home.
Smoke alarms should be tested once a month, at least. We recommend scheduling your checkup for a specific day each month, such as the first Sunday, in order to make sure that it doesn’t get skipped or forgotten.
During this time make sure to thoroughly test every smoke alarm in your home by pressing the test button and making sure that the alarm beeps. If it doesn’t, then the batteries need to be replaced as soon as possible.
2. Have a Fire Action Plan
Determine the fastest and safest way to exit your home in the event of a fire, and make sure that all family members are aware of the appropriate exits in an emergency. Practice your escape plan often and make sure that small children understand the need to get outside as quickly as possible.
Once you’ve determined your fire action plan, keep a map of your home with the route drawn in on the wall, fridge, or somewhere else where it can be seen and reviewed regularly.
3. Be Careful When Burning Candles
Burning candles is a great way to add pleasant scents and soft lighting to any room in your home, but it’s important to take the following steps in order to burn them safely:
- Use a candleholder to surround and encase your candles
- Keep burning candles out of the reach of children or pets
- Never burn candles near drapes or curtains
- Never leave burning candles unattended
4 Never Smoke in Bed
Smoking is on the decline, but many people still enjoy a cigarette before bed without realizing that they are playing with deadly consequences: if you fall asleep before your cigarette has been put out, the ash and heat from the cigarette may engulf your bed in flames and result in a house fire.
With this in mind we strongly advise that you never smoke in bed.
5. Be Careful in the Kitchen
Kitchen fires are among the most common types of house fires, and are usually caused by grease fires which occur when grease, which is extremely flammable, gets too hot.
Never leave food unattended while cooking, especially on the stovetop, and make sure to keep a working fire extinguisher nearby in case of any unexpected fires.
Work with professionals who are dedicated to keeping you safe. Contact Bison Fire Protection at 204-237-3473 today.