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Watch Out for Phony Fire Inspection Scams in the Toronto Area

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

Last month the Peel Regional Police issued a warning to residents of Mississauga and Brampton about a door-to-door fire inspection scam (reported in The Brampton Guardian). Here’s what Toronto-area business owners need to know about the scam right now:

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Tags: Fire Safety Professionals, Business Owners

Useful Fire Safety Infographics That Can Improve Your Preparedness

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

Why Do We Care About Infographics?

Because fire safety is about dense technical details and legal compliance, it's challenging to break it down into manageable bites of information, and infographics are a great tool for doing that.

Obviously you can't put everything into an infographic, but they can provide a summary of important points which allow you to understand something enough so that you will be motivated to:

a) seek additional information
b) take an action (such as replacing smoke alarm batteries or following outlined steps), and/or
c) contact a fire safety professional if necessary for confirmation that your preparedness is what it should be
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Tags: Fire Safety Risks

10 Funny Videos About Fire Safety Compliance

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Despite its importance, the topic of fire safety compliance can be a bit dry. With that in mind, Rohen has compiled a collection of 10 funny videos about fire safety, just for fun.

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Tags: Fire Safety Compliance

8 Resources That Will Make You Better at Fire Safety in the GTA

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Here are eight user-friendly resources to improve your fire safety. We scoured the internet for some of the most useful, practical and easy-to-digest fire safety content. Since we are in the Greater Toronto Area, some of the information is specific to Toronto or Ontario, but much of it will be helpful no matter where you are located.

This list is oriented towards fire safety for businesses, municipal buildings, multi-unit properties and facility management providers in Greater Toronto. 

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Tags: Fire Safety Risks

Six Things to Know About Fire Safety in Greater Toronto

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

There have been a few attention-worthy developments for fire safety in Greater Toronto over the past year, and if you don't follow fire safety as closely as we do here at Rohen Fire, you may have missed them.

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Tags: Fire Safety Risks, Fire Safety Compliance

What You Need to Know About LED Safety Lights for Your Business

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

If you haven't installed new emergency lighting at your Toronto business in the past decade or so, you may be surprised by some of the new options available. One of the major changes is the transition to LED lighting.

LEDs have been used to meet fire code requirements for emergency exit signage for some time. Now they are being used for all kinds of lighting. You may even be looking at a computer that uses an LED-lit monitor as you read this.

The options and technologies will continue to present new opportunities for fire safety as the LED market undergoes explosive growth. LED lighting is expected to account for 36% of all lighting sales by 2020, and 74% by 2030.That's a major shift; so. . . what's so great about LED?

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Tags: Emergency Lighting, Exit Sign

Compliance & Asset Protection: Is Fire Protection Like Accounting?

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Wed, Apr 08, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

Fire Code compliance is less like picking up an insurance policy (mostly a “done” item after you secure a policy) and more like accounting. Accountants must balance books on an ongoing basis, keep up with changing Codes, and do work that requires subject-matter expertise to be done properly on a consistent basis. Much like fire protection professionals.

Ongoing Fire Code compliance is also like accounting in that it’s extremely detail-oriented, requires record keeping, its repetitive — some might say monotonous— and vulnerable to audits. It has the potential for major negative financial repercussions when a detail is missed.

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Tags: Fire Safety Professionals, Business Owners

Greater Toronto: What Are the Business Costs of Fires & Fines?

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 03:01 PM

Businesses in the Greater Toronto Area should be aware of shifting currents in Ontario Fire Code enforcement that increase their likelihood of exposure to fire-related costs. More often, these include not only risk of fire damage, business interruption and replacement costs, but also risk of fines for non-compliance. The fines themselves are in business-impeding amounts that far outshadow what it would have cost to comply with Fire Code in the first place.

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Tags: Property Owners, Business Owners

Manufacturing Facilities: How to Maximize Fire Safety & Minimize Loss

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

An exploration of solutions for fire suppression, damage control, and safety at your Toronto-area industrial or manufacturing facility.

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Tags: Fire Protection Equipment, Fire Safety Risks, Business Owners

Why Fire Sprinkler Testing & Maintenance is Smart Business for Toronto

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Do you have fire sprinklers in your Toronto business? Congratulations! Though it may have been required by code, it’s also a smart move that will help protect your building and its occupants for decades to come. If you are still exploring sprinkler options, you should know that fire sprinklers enjoy a strong safety performance record going back over a century — and are increasingly considered the most important fire protection asset available to prevent loss of life and minimize property damage. When sprinklers operate, they are effective 96% of the time.1 But installing them is only the first step.

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Tags: Fire Sprinklers

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