Thursday, March 30, 2017

Introducing The Ansul Z-20

The Ansul Z-20 By Bison Fire Protection

Ansul introduces the Z-20 Releasing Panel! This new panel is designed to work in conjunction with the Ansul Engineered Clean Gas Systems provides ULC listed detection with ULC listed cylinders and actuation devices. The Z-20 has numerous features that include;

  • Advanced technology including touch screen displays
  • Designed for and listed with ANSUL engineered systems
  • Competitively priced
  • Reduced installation costs due to wiring flexibility
  • Increased reliability due to releasing methodology
  • Single and multi-hazard capability

We can’t list everything this panel can do on one page. Please contact our sales team, or feel free to call at 866 441 3473 for more information on this latest innovation from Ansul Canada.

If you can make it burn, we can put it out!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Safety In The Kitchen

Bison's Tips for Kitchen Fires

With the introduction and advancement of massive electric appliances and the large quantity of cooking oils present in modern industrial kitchens, kitchen fires are more common, and harder to extinguish, than ever before.

Industrial kitchen fires do happen, but can be safely controlled with the right equipment and knowledge. Follow these tips to extinguish kitchen fires safely, and to prevent future flares from occurring.

What to Do: Oven Fires

Fire requires oxygen to keep burning. If a fire breaks out within an oven, do not open the oven door. This will only feed the flames, and can cause severe burns, or the spreading of flames.

If you discover a fire within an oven:

  • Keep the oven door closed
  • Immediately unplug the appliance.
  • Stay in the room to monitor the flames, which should eventually extinguish themselves with the lack of oxygen.
  • Once the fire is out and the oven has cooled, you can begin the clean-up process.

What to Do: Grease Fires

In industrial kitchens, fires which break out are usually grease-based fires. This type of fire is a bit more dangerous, and must be dealt with differently than a regular fire.

If you discover a grease fire within a kitchen:

  • Turn off the heat source immediately by unplugging the appliance. Do not attempt to turn off an element close to the fire, as grease fires spread extremely quickly.
  • Do not throw water onto a grease fire. This is the worst thing you could do to a grease fire, as water does not mix with oil. Instead, it sinks to the bottom of the grease fire, immediately evaporates, and causes the flaming oil to spread everywhere.
  • Attempt to smother the flame using a metal pot or pan.
  • Small grease fires can be extinguished by spreading a large amount of baking soda over the flames.

Keep Fire Extinguishers Accessible

Since there are numerous types of fires that can occur within an industrial kitchen, all kitchen should be equipped with more than one type of fire extinguisher. The two fire extinguishers that should be kept in every large kitchen are:

  • Class K: These extinguishers are designed to put out grease fires, caused by vegetable or animal fats in commercial cooking equipment. These extinguishers should be kept no more than 10 feet away from cooking appliances.
  • Class ABC: For small, non-grease based fires, the ABC extinguisher should be used. Keep these extinguishers accessible and in view.

All fire extinguishers in industrial kitchens should be checked monthly by kitchen staff, and inspected and certified annually by a fire protection equipment professional.

Clean the Kitchen Regularly

Many fires that break out in large, industrial kitchens are caused by dirty equipment with a large amount of grease build-up. Inspect all areas of the kitchen regularly, and ensure that these pieces of equipment have been cleaned of excess grease residue:

  • Hood and vent systems, since grease can splash and build-up in the ventilation system.
  • Exhaust systems.
  • Grease filters within cooking equipment should be frequently and thoroughly cleaned.
  • Metal grease traps must be emptied and washed out.

Contact us at 204-237-3473 or email at info@bisonfire.com to learn more about our fire prevention services, and to schedule an appointment with a fire safety expert.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Fire Safety Tips For High Rise Buildings

Bison's High Rise Fire Safety

Despite the breathtaking views they offer, high-rise buildings present specific fire safety challenges that are not present in traditional low-rise buildings. An increased density of people, complex utility equipment, and limited fire department access are all factors which can affect how fires start, and how quickly they spread.

If you find yourself living or working within a high-rise building, stay safe by familiarizing yourself with these fire safety tips to ensure you’ll know what to do in case of a fire-related emergency.

Know a Building’s Fire Safety Plan 

While fire safety features must be regularly inspected and maintained, high-rise fires are caused by similar factors as other buildings: electrical and heating systems, cooking, misuse of flammable materials, and arson. All high-rise buildings must be equipped with a thorough Fire Safety Plan. These safety plans are unique to each building, and contain specific safety information, including:

  • Evacuation plans and multiple routes to safely exit a building.
  • The location of fire alarms within the high-rise.
  • Emergency numbers for the surrounding area.
  • Procedures for occupants upon discovering a fire.

Learn the Appropriate Escape Tactics

Evacuating a high-rise building in the case of a fire can be especially tricky, due to the loss of electricity, panicked individuals attempting to escape, and the upwards flow of smoke in a building. Being unfamiliar with the safest methods of evacuation can be dangerous for yourself and the people surrounding you. When evacuating a high-rise building, implement the following tactics for a safe exit:

  • Never take the elevator during an evacuation, as electricity can be lost during a fire. Use the stairs, and close all doors behind you to slow the spread of the fire.
  • Listen for announcements being broadcast over the public announcement system in a building.
  • Check all doors for excess heat before opening them. If you find that a door is extremely hot, do not open it. Seal all openings, and try to find a nearby window to alert the fire department of your location instead.
  • Stay calm and try not to panic. Panic quickly spreads, and make an evacuation attempt more dangerous.

Practice Everyday Fire Prevention

No matter if you are living or working in a high-rise complex, developing fire-safe practices improves safety not only for yourself, but everyone else in a building. Practice fire prevention by implementing the following actions:

  • Have emergency numbers posted throughout the building, and saved in your phone.
  • Do not store or use highly flammable products within a building.
  • Limit the amount of fuel for fires, such as paper, in the building. Going digital is great for the environment, as well.
  • Know how to properly use a fire extinguisher, and post the P.A.S.S. (press, aim, squeeze, and sweep) acronym by all extinguishers.
  • Check all extension cords and outlets for wear and tear, and replace when necessary.
  • Have multiple mapped-out evacuation routes within your office or home.

The professionals at Bison Fire Protection strive to deliver fire protection solutions, with high-quality results. Call 204-237-3473 to learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment with a fire safety expert.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Bison's 5 Fire Prevention Tips

Bison's 5 Fire Prevention Tips

With the longer days and renewed sense of energy that arrives with March, comes seemingly more time in a day. Utilize the extra spring in your step this month by ensuring that your home and family are prepared for any fire-related emergency that may arise in the upcoming year.

Add the 5 steps outlined below to your spring cleaning list, and rest easy knowing that your loved ones are equipped to handle the discovery of a fire.

1. Replace Smoke Detector Batteries and Test All Devices

Although modern batteries commonly found in smoke detectors (AA, 9V) can last for longer than a year, replacing them annually ensures their efficiency and removes the risk of the alarm not working when needed most.

Test the devices upon battery replacement, and again in six months.

2. Check and Maintain Your Extension Cords

Faulty and damaged extension cords pose a huge risk of sparking a fire. Extension cords have a fixed life, and do eventually wear out. Seeing as extension cords go unnoticed throughout the everyday, inspecting them annually helps to ensure that they are in good working order.

  • Inspect each cord carefully for any damage to the outer rubber sheath.
  • Unplug the extension cord and check the plug for any damage or exposed wires.
  • Never staple extension cords to the wall, as this can cause damage and increase the risk of sparks occurring. Instead, invest in safe cord storage to keep cords out of the way.
  • Do not overload extension cords, as they easily malfunction when overworked.

3. Clean Out the Furnace Room

Combustion appliances, such as water heaters, furnaces, and boilers all require adequate airflow, as these machines run using extremely high heat. As tempting as it may be to store extra items in these unused areas, any item blocking the flow of air to these appliances may cause them to overheat.

Clear out any boxes or paperwork that may disturb the flow of air around the room. The areas around combustion appliances should always be clear of any debris.

Bison Fire Protection – 5 Steps for Fire Prevention This Month

4. Install and Inspect Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are a necessity for any fire-safe home. Extinguishers should be installed in areas of the home where fires are more likely to start, such as the kitchen or the laundry room.

A fire extinguisher should be placed in a handy area that is easily noticeable, and accessible. Hang a sign that outlines the P.A.S.S. (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep) acronym next to the extinguisher for those who may not be well-versed in its use.

5. Develop and Update the Fire Safety Plan

A fire safety plan should be put in place to ensure that you and your family react safely in case of a fire. An effective fire safety plan will include the following:

  • An outline of steps to take if a fire is discovered.
  • A list of emergency numbers for your local area.
  • An evacuation plan. This plan should include a picture of your home or building, and the route of exit clearly marked. Post this map within your home in a well-used area, so it can be regularly reviewed.

The professionals at Bison Fire Protection have the fire prevention information to keep you safe and protected, all year round. Contact us at 204-237-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fight or Flight: When Should You Fight a Fire?

Bison's Fight or Flight

 

When we are confronted with a fire we often need to make snap decisions about the severity of the situation, and whether or not the appropriate action is to evacuate the areas as soon as possible, or to attempt to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher.

Below are some basic guidelines when it comes to deciding if the fire can be tamed with a fire extinguisher, or if the safest course of action is to evacuate and call 9-1-1:

Ask Yourself: Can I Handle a Fire Extinguisher?

One of the easiest ways to determine if you are capable of fighting a fire or not is knowing how o properly use a fire extinguisher. If you have never been trained on the use of a portable fire extinguisher, then evacuate the area immediately and call for assistance.

Common fire safety guidelines dictate that you should have at least one fully charged fire extinguisher in an easy-to-reach location close to areas like your stove, fireplace, and other areas where fires may be used.

One of the easiest ways to determine if you are capable of fighting a fire or not is knowing how o properly use a fire extinguisher. If you have never been trained on the use of a portable fire extinguisher, then evacuate the area immediately and call for assistance.

Additionally, if you use a fire extinguisher and the fire is continuing to spread even after you have depleted the contents of the extinguisher,

How Much Smoke is Present?

Don’t put yourself at risk of smoke inhalation while trying to fight a fire. Fires produce carbon monoxide, and many fires can produce toxic gasses depending on what has been ignited, which means you may be putting yourself at risk if you try to stay and fight the fire.

If the smoke is filling the room that you’re in and you’re having a hard time breathing, stop fighting the fire and evacuate the area as quickly as possible.

Where is the Fire?

If you try and fight a fire then the exit should always remind behind you so that you can escape if things get out of control. If the fire is close to your only exit, simply evacuate as soon as you can and call for help immediately.

If you’re fighting an out of control fire outdoors, make sure to fight the fire with the wind at your back, which will prevent smoke, flames, and embers from being carried downwind to you.

Do You Feel Comfortable Fighting the Fire?

If you are confident that you can easily wield a fire extinguisher and handle a small fire, then make sure to proceed with caution and care.

However, if you are even remotely uncomfortable with the idea of fighting a fire, or if you have never been trained on how to effectively use a fire extinguisher, don’t try to put on a brave face. Trust your gut and evacuate as soon as possible, then call 911 to contact your local emergency responders. Never put yourself at risk when it comes to fire safety.

The fire safety experts at Bison Fire Protection are dedicated to delivering exceptional results and high-quality solutions to your fire protection needs. Contact us today at 204-237-3473 for more information about how our services can keep you safe.

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