Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How To Safely Burn Leaves This Fall

Bison Fire Safely Burn Leaves

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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PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success is Canada’s preeminent media brand dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 34 years, Canadian entrepreneurs across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. Visit PROFIT online at


About Canadian Business

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

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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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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How To Keep Your Pet From Starting A Fire

Pets and Fire

When we think about keeping our homes or cabins “fire safe” we often think to do the obvious things, like make sure that the smoke alarms have fully charged batteries, that candles aren’t left burning unattended, and that we keep the temperature low when cooking with grease and oil.

However, counter-surfing cats and overly-curious dogs can also cause their fair share of issues, as well. A cat may knock over even the most stable candle holders, an excited puppy may run into a lamp and knock it over, or spread hot ashes and embers from ashtrays and fireplaces.

In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association approximately 500 house fires recorded between 2006 and 2010 were attributed to animal and pet-related causes. While we can’t control what rats or mice which may live in our walls may get up to (fires can start from chewed, frayed wires) but by being mindful of our pet’s behavior we can ensure that our homes are as fire-safe as possible.

Below are a few easy ways you can keep Fluffy from starting a fire:

Be Careful with Candles

If you’re planning to have a romantic evening with candles strewn around (or even want a few on your desk or windowsill) then consider using electronic, flameless candles instead of a wick. Not only are these electronic candles less messy, but they also ensure that if your pet knocks them or the table they’re sitting on over, that there won’t be a fire.

If you prefer real candles then be vigilant about not leaving your pet alone with the lit candles.

Remove Stove Knobs

If you have a large dog who loves to “counter surf” by standing on his or her hind legs at the counter, then remove the stove knobs when you leave the house. According to the National Fire Protection Agency stove and cooktop fires are the kinds of fires most commonly started by pets.

Use the Right Dishes Outdoors

Do you leave out bowls for food and water on your wooden deck? If so, then make sure to use ceramic or stainless steel dishes instead of glass ones to lower your risk of a fire. Wooden deck fires can happen because as the light from the sun is filtered through the glass and water it begins to heat up, and can ignite the deck.

Keep an Eye Out

The easiest and most effective way to keep your home safe from fires is to be mindful of potential hazards which may exist, and to take care of them as soon as possible. For example, make sure to have an electrician in to fix any frayed wires (which are perfect playthings for cats), remove stove knobs if your pets love to explore your countertops, and make sure that problem areas like piles of paper, recycling, or garbage are removed from the home.

The fire safety experts at Bison Fire Protection are happy to help you prevent fires in your home or business. Give us a call at 204-237-3473 and find out more.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Conducting Fire Drills At Work

Conducting Fire Drills

Fire drills are a crucial element to keeping your employees and coworkers safe in the event of a fire, but fire drills are about more than just being prepared in the event of a fire. 

Ensuring that the people who work in your building know the appropriate evacuation routes can also help them leave safely in the event of a gas or chemical leak, a power outage, or any other kind of emergency situation which may happen at work.

With this in mind, it’s easy to see why practicing fire drills is important: it ensures that your employees know how and where to leave the building, and can do so in a calm and organized fashion. Practiced evacuation procedures also mean that they know the designated meeting areas a safe distance from the building, which can be instrumental in helping first responders rescue anyone who may be unaccounted for in the event of an emergency.

Keep reading to learn how you can conduct a fire drill at work:

Create a Safety Committee

Safety committees play important roles in keeping their coworkers safe, and ideally should include at least one member from each department. Having one committee member per department ensures that there is a knowledgeable team member in charge of safely evacuating their team to the designated meeting area outside the building.

Provide Employees with Evacuation Information

Stress that employees need to know the appropriate evacuation path from their desk or work area, as well as alternative routes in the event that the path is blocked or unsafe. Post evacuation routes in public spaces, such as lunch rooms, board rooms, and bathrooms, and post evacuation signs throughout the building in hallways as reminders.

Employees should also know how to report a fire if they spot one, who to contact in the event of an emergency, and how to use a fire extinguisher.

Use Varied Scenarios

Practicing your evacuation procedures is critical to success, but emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, which means you need to be prepared by providing varied emergency scenarios to your employees.  Create signs like “Exit blocked - use the alternate route” and post them on doors and stairwells to test your employees and make sure that they know the best alternate path to take.

Practice Often 

It’s important to conduct regular fire drills, but not to test too often because your employees may become complacent and not react quickly in the event of a real emergency. We suggest conducting training every two weeks initially, and then tapering off to conducting them every 2 - 3 months or so.

For more information about fire safety preparedness and the tools to keep your business safe during an emergency, contact Bison Fire Protection at 204-237-3473.

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