Invest in the Things that Separate You from the Ground: Invest in High Quality Steel Toe Boots
For decades, steel toe rubber boots have protected workers from impact and compression injuries in factories, job sites, farms, and ranches. Combining a steel toe with rubber provides additional protection from liquids and chemicals. A steel toe rubber boot simply provides workers with superb work site protection in a number of industries.
Not all steel toe boots are created equal. As always, Pickering Safety carries only the highest quality products. Our steel toe boot selection is no exception. We don’t carry a vast selection because we have already done the research for you.
What Makes a Steel Toe Boot Effective?
A steel toe boot incorporates a steel cap into the toe box of a work boot during its construction. The purpose of a steel toe boot is to provide protection against impact and compression from heavy objects.
A steel toe boot can also protect against many potentially hazardous situations depending on the materials used for the construction of its sole, midsole, lining, and upper.
Some circumstances where a steel toe boot can protect its wearer include:
- Falling objects
- Electrical hazards
- Toxic liquids
- Extreme weather
- Slips and falls
Our Steel Toe Boots are CSA Certified
The CSA Group is a global provider of testing, inspection, and certification services for products in a wide range of market sectors. The CSA designation is applied to products that meet standards set by agencies active in ensuring safety and environmental standards. Agencies that fall under the CSA umbrella include ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and UL (Underwriters Laboratory.)
A Wide Range of Jobs and Industries that Rely on Steel Toe Boots for Workplace Safety
Many companies require steel toe boots for workers. In the United States OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standard 1910.136(a) stipulates that each affected employee uses protective footwear when working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects. Even if there is no explicit requirement to use steel toe boots, it is advisable to wear them for foot protection in many jobs. Any industry in which heavy equipment and materials are used, or when there is a risk of spills and exposure to extreme temperature is likely to find most of its workers wearing them.
CSA has developed a side range of designations for footwear safety that indicates specialized elements of protection and industry-specific designations. Examples of industries that require protective steel toe footwear–including steel toe rubber footwear—for its employees include:
- Mining & Forestry
- Fire Safety
- Welding and associated trades
- Electrical line work
- Machine shops
Browse Our Selection of Steel Toe Boots Here
Pickering Safety Can Help Independent Contractors Meet WCB Requirements
Pickering Safety helps businesses across British Columbia and Canada meet the first aid and safety supplies requirements outlined by WorkSafeBC. If your business hires contractors or if you are a prime contractor who hires subcontractors, it is important to ensure that all parties are covered to conform with WorkSafeBC workplace safety requirements. WorkSafeBC provides no fault insurance that protects employers from claims arising from accidents in the workplace.
How to Determine Which WCB Requirements You Need to Meet
As a business owner or prime contractor, it is crucial to determine whether your contractors/subcontractors are considered as employees or whether the contractors/subcontractors and their own workers are considered as independent businesses. This distinction determines whether you are an employer responsible for paying their WorkSafeBC premiums or whether the entity is an independent business responsible for its own coverage.
A prime contractor may still need to provide coverage even if it subcontracts all the work to independent firms. In order to confirm whether a business, contractor, or subcontractor is registered with WorkSafeBC, it is necessary to obtain a clearance letter prior to and after receiving services. The WorkSafeBC website is a fantastic resource for determining which WCB requirements you need to meet.
Pickering Safety Can Help You Meet WCB Requirements Easily
Pickering Safety has been serving training schools, businesses, public safety departments and the general public since 1992. Our long term customers can attest to the care we put behind all of our first-aid and safety equipment.
Use Pickering Safety’s WCB Kit Finder Tool to Meet WCB Requirements
Pickering Safety wants to make meeting WCB Requirements as easy as possible. If you do need to meet WCB Requirements, use our easy-to-use WCB Kit Finder Tool to search for the kit that will meet you needs! We’ve also recently developed a WCB First Aid Kit Refill Tool which makes keeping your WCB first aid kit stocked up quick and easy.
The Easiest Way to Keep Your WCB First Aid Kits Compliant
Many of our customers are businesses that need to stay compliant with WCB first aid and safety requirements. We want to make it as easy as possible for businesses to become compliant and remain compliant throughout their operations.
Our First Online WCB Kit Tool Was Our Popular WCB First Aid Kit Finder
First, we developed our handy “WCB Finder Tool” which is a fully-digital tool that can be used to isolate which level of WCB first aid kit you need to purchase in order to be complaint. The tool is mostly helpful for new businesses or new departments in existing businesses as it’s designed to narrow all of our WCB first aid kits down to the one needed by the user as indicated by their inputs into the tool.
Our New Online Tool Helps Businesses Keep their WCB Kits Compliant With Easy Access to Specific Product Refills
We wanted to create a tool for our many customers that purchased WCB first aid kits and have used parts of the kit and need to refill other parts. In these instances our existing WCB Finder tool would only help them if they needed to replace the entire kit. With our new WCB Kit Refill Tool you can select the level of kit you already have and order specific amounts of each individual product contained in the kit.
For example, let’s say you have a Level I WCB First aid Kit but you have used up most of the assorted bandages and you lost the bandage scissors that came with the kit. You don’t want to have to re-order the entire kit but in order to remain technically compliant you must replace these missing items. This is where our new tool comes in handy!
Using the Example above You Would Follow the Steps Below to Use the New Tool
- Go to the WCB First Kit Refill Tool page on our website, Find the Level 1 First Aid Kit column,
- Scroll down to the item you need to replace,
- Click on the green number (which indicates how many you need to order) and the option to select how many of the particular item you’d like to order will appear.
- Simply click the “add to quote” button and the tool will begin compiling your custom WCB kit refill order.
- Then repeat the process for any other items you need to replace in your kit.
- Once everything you need has been added to your order, click “View Quote” and you can either choose to formally place your order and have it delivered or just request a quote for the items in your basket.
Have any questions about your new tool? No problem, we’re here to help! Give us a ring:604-298-6465 or send us an email: PickeringSafety@telus.net and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
North Shore Rescue (NSR) is a Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The team consists of approximately 50 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings. NSR performs approximately 130 search & rescue operations annually, with some operations lasting multiple days. They are just one example of the many search and rescue teams across British Columbia that help keep people safe.
Cоmmunіtу Emergency Response Tеаm (or CERT) mеmbеrѕ аrе often thе fіrѕt реорlе оut іn thе field to begin thе ѕеаrсh and rеѕсuе. Thеѕе CERT mеmbеrѕ are intensely trained and knоw thе tеrrаіn of their rescue operations very wеll. CERT teams rely on durable safety equipment in order for their rescue missions to come to a successful conclusion.
Pickering Safety is proud to offer products that help these CERT teams in their mission to save lives.
First-aid reflective vеѕtѕ аrе a hеlрful раrt of thе ѕеаrсh аnd rеѕсuе ѕuррlіеѕ аnd tооlѕ. Thеу аrе еаѕіlу ѕееn frоm a dіѕtаnсе due tо соlоr аnd thе reflective quаlіtу оf thе tаре, trіm and fаbrіс so other CERT mеmbеrѕ саn еаѕіlу lосаtе еасh other. Thіѕ vest іѕ ѕо hіghlу visible that it is possible thаt thе person being ѕеаrсhеd fоr wіll ѕее the brіght соlоr and realize hеlр іѕ оn іtѕ wау.
Othеr tооlѕ аnd ѕuррlіеѕ еѕѕеntіаl tо a ѕеаrсh аnd rеѕсuе operation іnсludе ѕоlаr rаdіоѕ, flаѕhlіghtѕ, blankets аnd fall protection. British Columbia’s beautifully rugged terrain makes for scenic hiking but when things go wrong and rescuers need to decend sharp vertical drops, fall protection and harnesses can make the rescue possible.
The seemingly unending rаіn in BC makes rain ponchos obligatory fоr both thе CERT members on their search and the victims they may find.
Sоlаr blаnkеtѕ аnd sleeping bаgѕ іn thе event of a temperature drор оr оvеrnіght stay аrе a good іdеа. You mау fіnd that your search аnd rеѕсuе mission gоеѕ frоm dау tо nіght in which case industrial-grade flаѕhlіghtѕ аrе еѕѕеntіаl tо your ѕеаrсh аnd rescue supplies kit.
Of course, on any search and rescue operation when the condition of the lost individual is not known it’s important to carry a wide array of first-aid supplies to be prepared for the worst. Pickering Safety carries some of the most sought after immobilization devices to carefully get victims out of the wildnerness without causing futher damage. Pickering Safety has stretchers, splints, braces and collars – everything you need to keep an individual safely immobile. And the emergency medical first aid supplies CERT workers will need when they find the lost individual.
If You are Part of a CERT Please Contact Pickering Safety – We Would Love to Help Ensure the Right Supplies are Within Arms Reach.
*Please note, we may not carry all the items depicted in the images of this post, but we often do carry similar ones. Please inquire with us directly about any products featured.
Who Knew a Simple Pair of Work Gloves Could Be a Matter of Life and Death
The right pair of work gloves can make your life a little easier and more comfortable or, they could save it altogether. Although it may sound dramatic, your work environment could expose you to all sorts of threats varying from the uncomfortable to the downright dangerous. Gloves, although often not the first piece of safety equipment that comes to mind, help to protect one of the most important tools humans have to work with – the hands. But with a large assortment of work gloves on the market how is a hard worker to start?
Pickering Safety offers a wide variety of work gloves from heavy duty safety gloves to thermal gloves and medical safety gloves. Obviously, not all gloves are created equally but we thought it would be helpful to steer our customers in the right direction if they’re not 100% sure which kind of safety gloves to purchase for their particular industry. Please note, our recommendations are based on our understanding of the typical working environment associated with each of these industries – you should absolutely check with your work place supervisor to confirm your glove selection will do an adequate job of protecting you!
Here is a Buying Guide Showcasing All the Types of Work Gloves Offered by Pickering Safety:
These gloves are a jack-of-all-trades and are probably one of our best-selling pairs of gloves. It pays to have a few pairs of these on-hand for an odd job that may agitate your hands while you work. These gloves aren’t’ recommended for the really intense work environments as they’re not labelled as “cut resistant” so it is possible your hands could be sliced or your skin agitated when working with more hazardous materials while wearing these.
These cut-resistant gloves are good for jobs that involve working with steel or other metal pieces. Mechanics often invest in a pair of these to protect their hands while they’re working on automobiles or with petro-chemicals. These gloves are also suitable for other jobs requiring metal / glass handling. They’re great for home or building repairs and rough work that requires some measure of precision as they’re not too thick so they allow for some measure of digit dexterity.
Rubber palm gloves are another great generalist glove. They’re great for agile work because they’re not as thick as some of our heavier-duty options. These gloves are often popular in professions where some degree of slip resistance is helpful as the gloves rubber palm provides extra grip for handling materials. Furthermore, these gloves will provide a small measure of scrape-prevention and will shield your hands from minimally abrasive chemicals like bleach, saline, chlorine etc. These gloves may be suitable for workers who handle foliage, wood, pipes or wiring.
These gloves are your cold weather friends! Their dual layered protection is ideal in cold weather or when extra padding is needed for protection while handling invasive materials. They feature 7 gauge interior soft pile lining which helps keep your hands warm in freezing temperatures and 15 gauge exterior nylon knit with nitrile coating for next-level-hand protection. These gloves are often an industry standard WCB Requirement for certain work environments, use our WCB Requirement Search Tool to find out if they’re a requirement for you.
TurtleSkin gloves in general are sought after because they shield the entire hand and are designed for heavy duty protection like bio hazardous environments. They are one of few gloves that are designated “puncture resistant”. These advanced protection gloves are no exception. You can select just the right levels and areas of coverage for your hand safety program. For a full list of all the kinds of TurtleSkin gloves you can purchase please visit this page.
These gloves have many of the features of our other heavy duty gloves, however, these in particular are a “high visibility” pair which is often important for specific work environments. Road workers or workers with high-risk job descriptions who spend time in rural areas will often be required to wear these. They offer thermal protection and latex/rubber palms so they will keep your hands both warm and safe from abrasive materials.
These are an entirely separate section on our website from our heavy duty safety gloves because they truly are a different beast altogether. Medical safety gloves protect against infection and maximize digit dexterity as they’re often used by nurses, surgeons and doctors who need to make precise motions with their hands. They are definitely not cut or tear resistant but they are fully water resistant and place an emphasis on sanitation both for the glove wearer and their patient.
Need to order in bulk or still need help finding the right pair of gloves? Contact us and a representative will be able to help.
Wildfires During British Columbia Summers are Becoming More Common
This summer of 2017 is shaping up to be one of the most active wildfire seasons we’ve seen in years. Everyone is talking about the speed with which the fires emerged and the scale of damage that they are doing as over 200 wildfires rage across the province. In 2015, Pickering Safety published a blog post to raise awareness about fire safety and to highlight some products we carry that can help people do their part to prevent wildfires. This year, given the state of emergency we’re currently in, we’d like to focus solely on highlighting ways in which people can contribute to helping those who have lost their homes or who have otherwise been impacted.
Please Be Aware of Wildfires
Most of the active wildfires in the province were started by lightening storms, however, there are instances where cigarettes or neglected campfires have also contributed to, or started, a wildfire. Although fires started by humans via cigarettes, campfires, fireworks etc. can be contained, they eat up valuable resources that could be used to battle the much larger naturally occurring wildfires that are threatening peoples homes. During a state of emergency, every fire fighter’s time is highly valuable and shouldn’t be wasted putting out fires caused by avoidable, man-made situations. Campfires are strictly banned across the province right now and please be responsible with your cigarettes, fireworks or other potentially fire-causing instruments. Keep a fire extinguisher at your home and your office and perhaps a mask and some burn management first aid supplies on-hand in case of emergencies. Lastly, avoid highway routes that are near active wildfire zones. There have been quite a few road closures and evacuations throughout the summer across the province. If you have travel plans, keep yourself informed of areas you should avoid so as not to put unnecessary strain on the system.
Canadian Red Cross Fire Relief
The Canadian Red Cross is probably the largest and most active organization that’s helping those who have been impacted by the wildfires raging across the province. Their primary concern is helping those who have been evacuated find essentials like food, water and shelter. In their own words:
“Massive wildfires have triggered a province-wide state of emergency in British Columbia. Fast moving flames have forced thousands of people from their homes. Urgent support is needed for individuals and families evacuated from their communities.
The Canadian Red Cross is supporting the B.C. government in providing relief for those affected and a British Columbia Fires Appeal has been opened for Canadians who wish to help those in need.”
The Relief Effort Needs Time and Money
Safety should be everyone’s concern especially given the broad scope of this emergency. Anyone could be effected by a wildfire and it seems almost every summer a different group of people are massively impacted. The Canadian Red Cross Fire Relief has called for people to donate their time and money to helping their efforts. Volunteers can sign up on their website and monetary contributions can also be made online. There are further details on the specific initiatives your donations will help support also discussed on their website here.
Vancouver is arguably never more beautiful than during the summer months. The transition from winter to spring and from spring to summer happens quickly in the Vancouver area and results in dramatic temperature and weather changes. The summer season in Vancouver brings with it much warmer temperatures and much less rainfall. Conditions are less cold and less slippery, therefore, the work environment in some industries like construction, fire fighting, mining, forestry and law enforcement adapts slightly to take advantage of the weather.
More ‘Outdoors’ Work and a Variety of Safety Challenges
The nicer weather means a whole host of industries can operate at increased capacity. This is particularly true for industries like ‘paining’, ‘construction’ and ‘landscaping’. However, increased activity in these industries means exposure to a different set of safety challenges than employers and employees are used to in the cooler months. Workers are often expected to work outdoors for longer hours which can expose them to higher temperatures and depending on the nature of the work more safety risks if they’re expected to work on different equipment to facilitate the work.
Make Sure You Have Access to Fall Protection Gear
In industries like painting and construction the summertime means more work that is performed at great heights. When workers are expected to climb ladders or operate cranes it’s vital that they have access to fall protection gear that will prevent injury and death. Although slippery surfaces are often more anticipated in the winter months, the increased volume of work being done in the summertime at higher elevations means the danger is just as real. Pickering Safety recommends these fall protection harnesses to safeguard against serious injury.
Re-think Those First Aid Kits
Many components of first aid are effected by the summer weather. Workers clothing, at-work nutrition and hydration all need to be re-thought during the summer especially when it’s expected they’ll be working in ‘exposed’ conditions for extended periods of time. We recommend checking out WCB requirements for ‘seasonal’ industries using the WCB first aid kit tool on our website. It’s important for both the employee and the employer to take these changing conditions seriously. Pickering Safety offers first aid supplies for all seasons. Our supplies are of the highest quality and our wholesale prices make us a good fit for workers and business owners who want to invest in their safety and the safety of their employees.
Talk to Us About What Specific First Aid Products to Invest in During the Summer Months
WorkSafe BC cases are playing a crucial role in highlighting important issues that are caused by unsafe working conditions. Unsafe work practices and conditions can cause the workers to either be exposed directly to danger, or suffer from conditions that can lead to problems. In 2017, new WorkSafeBC issues have been arising that deserve attention because they are directly related to employee safety and may even influence new legislation in the future that employers should be aware of.
Mental Health and WorkSafeBC
In recent years WorkSafeBC has had to start paying attention to the many mental health cases that have emerged on job sites. The most notable case identified by WorkSafeBC is the suicide case of firefighter Ernie Dombrowski, as, according to WorkSafeBC, he suffered from workplace trauma and his family was awarded damages. Ernie’s case is a notable case that could lead to developments regarding the issue of mental health awareness, as there is a need to identify how work conditions can cause stress and mental issues specifically issues such as PTSD. The decision, according to Surrey Firefighters Association president Mike McNamara, will make it possible for other first responders to make claims related to mental health.
Holding Workers and Employers Accountable for Properly Wearing Safety Equipment
The second prominent case of WorkSafeBC highlights the issue of safety provision by employers, by providing research on how young workers in the industry generally do not wear safety equipment to prevent damage from loud noises, according to a member of WorkSafeBC, “Among construction workers age 21 or younger, 24 per cent reported not wearing hearing protection, as compared with 13 per cent of workers over age 50 and 11 per cent of workers in all other age groups. The data was collected in 2016 from more than 160,000 hearing tests — about 50,000 in construction — conducted by B.C. employers as part of hearing-loss prevention programs”. The case is important because it could increase the pressure on employers to not only provide hearing equipment but also encourage employers hold workers accountable for properly wearing the provided equipment on the job site.
Asbestos Testing and Pre-testing the Job Site
The third leading case, of WorkSafe BC is a case that could change the safety precautions in the construction industry. According to WorkSafe BC research, safety from Asbestos during construction is essential. The problem in construction industry in Canada is that while demolishing old houses there could be dangerous for workers, if the premises are not tested for asbestos safety beforehand. Asbestos can cause lung diseases and could even lead to the death of workers. Some of the materials or places containing asbestos could be:
- Vinyl tiles and linoleum sheet flooring;
- Roof felt and shingles;
- Loose, blown-in insulation, such as vermiculite;
- Gypsum board filling compound, and patching and joint compound for walls and ceilings;
- Incandescent light fixture backing;
- Deck under sheeting.
(*List provided by WorkSafeBC)
The above cases could be influential in deciding the future of work place safety precautions and the measure employers would have to take to ensure employees’ mental and physical health safety.
Pickering Safety Can Help You Meet WorkSafeBC Requirements and Provide a Safe Working Environment for Your Employees
The Accident Raises Important Questions about WCB Regulations
The death of a construction worker in Saanich, British Columbia has sparked concerns that not enough is being done by the BC government to enforce safety in the work place.
Ronald Huetzelmann died on January 15th 2017 of injuries he suffered on January 10th. Huetzelmann “fell from the third floor of the Shire Urban Living development, currently under construction on Quadra Street”. Apparently, he was working on the third floor of the development without a safety harness. Irene Lanzinger, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour has commented: “Why Huetzelmann wasn’t using a safety harness while working three storeys off the ground in high winds will be a central question for the Workers’ Compensation Board to delve into”. It’s not yet known whether the WCB would have required the use of a harness in the circumstances Huetzelmann was working in on Jan. 10th 2017.
The WCB’s Policy on the Impact of Weather on the Workplace
A further concern raised by the incident is whether Huetzelmann should have been working at that height at all given that January 10th was a particularly icy and windy day. There is concern that if the WCB doesn’t have clear weather-dependent regulations for such circumstances – they should develop some.
A further comment from Lanzinger chillingly reminds the public of the B.C. Federation of Labour’s opinion on breaches of WCB regulation: “We believe that if an employer’s negligence causes the death of a worker, then the employer should face jail time,” Lanzinger said.
Huetzelmann’s death is a tragic reminder of the importance of safety in the work place and some of the B.C. Federation of Labour’s comments since the incident should remind all employers and workers that the safety industry is no-joke and regulations will be enforced. When followed appropriately, safety regulations should serve to prevent unnecessary deaths in the workplace and it is the employers who will be held accountable if their employees are not adhering to safety regulations in the workplace.
Pickering Safety Can Help You Make Sure You’re Meeting WCB Requirements
Pickering Safety wants to make meeting and surpassing WCB requirements easy for employers and employees alike. It is Pickering Safety’s mission to prevent accidents large or small as any injury, regardless of the scale can effect productivity in the workplace and quality of life for the injured party. Furthermore, while many suppliers simply retail products that ‘do the job’, Pickering Safety is aware that the quality of the products you buy to meet WCB requirements can save lives in the workplace. Many accidents and injuries happen not because safety equipment is completely lacking but because when push-comes-to-shove, the durability of the equipment is found defective.
If you have questions about what equipment you need on the job please give us a call. We have all the safety equipment you’ll need on a construction site including hard hats and fall protection equipment.
Accidents and injuries can occur anywhere – at home, at the workplace, while driving or while participating in sports events. They are not wished for but they do happen. Hence, it is essential to be prepared for such medical emergencies.
Keeping a first-aid kit at home and in the office can help you respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies.
Here are the top ten reasons to keep a first-aid kit at your home and office:
1.Treat Injuries Quickly:
First-aid kits help you handle the medical emergencies as quickly as possible. In an emergency, a delay of just a single minute can cause irreconcilable damage. These kits offer basic and instant care for common medical injuries like injuries, burns, cuts etc.
2.Pickering Safety Can Build Kits Custom for Your Home or Workplace:
Pickering Safety first-aid kits are customizable. If you work in a particular niche, we can build a first-aid kit that contains suitable emergency equipment. We provide first-aid kits to a wide array of businesses and professionals in the medical industry, police force and many businesses throughout the Lower Mainland.
3.Everything You Need in One Place:
A first-aid kit contains all vital medical products in one easy location. So, in case of emergency, you do not have to waste valuable time assembling the appropriate medical items.
4.Less Risk of Complication:
A well-equipped first-aid kit, in most cases, can prevent further complication with the injury or medical condition. Keeping a medical kit handy can be cost effective because it’s less likely a wound treated immediately with a first-aid kit will require complex attention in the future.
5.Very Compact Package:
First-aid kits contain all the essential medical contents in a very compact package. You can really take a first-aid kit with you anywhere, whether you’re travelling or living/working in a small space. There’s really no excuse not to keep one on hand!
6.Keep Antibiotics Within Arms Reach:
In case of a cut, it’s imperative to use antibiotics as soon as possible to prevent infection. Pickering Safety First-Aid Kits contain basic antibiotic ointments to be used in emergencies.
7.Stop Blood Loss Immediately:
Sometimes injuries are messy. Applying gauze and bandage immediately will stop the blood loss. It’s difficult to stop blood loss efficiently without the proper medical products on hand and prolonged blood loss can be quite dangerous.
8.Relieve the Pain of a Burn Instantly:
If a burn or scald occurs, first-aid treatment should be applied to the affected area as quickly as possible. The goal is to relieve the pain and prevent further damage. Our Second Skin products make particularly useful additions to any first-aid kit.
9.Prevent the Discomfort of Skin Irritation or Bug Bites:
Wounds and insect bites can be tremendously uncomfortable, if handled immediately and carefully with the appropriate first-aid treatments, the irritation can heal faster and in a more effective way. This will prevent scarring!
10.Be a Helping Hand to a Child or Friend:
If nothing else convinces you – keep in mind that the people around you may not be as prepared as you are. Your first-aid kit may come in handy if anyone around you experiences any of the injuries mentioned above. Kids and elderly people are most susceptible to injuries and accidents. First-aid kits act as an indispensable medical item for all.
Need Help Building a First-Aid Kit for Your Home or Office Place? Browse Our Selection or Call Pickering Safety. We Would Be Happy to Build One for You.
Summer Wildfires in Canada
Every year there are hundreds of wildfires across Canada during the summer months. Western provinces including British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan are particularly susceptible. Many of these fires could be prevented but in some cases are started due to natural, dry conditions and therefore spread even more rapidly. Regardless, wildfires put residents, firefighters and millions of dollars of infrastructure – houses, businesses, schools etc. at risk each year. In 2015, over one-million hectares of boreal forest burned in Saskatchewan alone. In May of 2016, the world watched as 90,000 people were evacuated from Fort McMurray and surrounding areas as a 423,000 hectare wildfire burned through the city, destroying nearly 20% of the town, including 2500 structures.
Be Fire Safe at Home and at the Office
Of course, forest fires are a seasonal occurence that consume millions of dollars of time and resources to contain each year. However, summer also brings an increased risk of structural fires. Structural fires can be particularly threatening to people as they pose an immediate threat to nearby homes, businesses and any people in the vicinity. Structural fires are particularly frustrating as such a high percentage of them can be prevented. 45% of fires are caused by cooking equipment and another 16% are caused by heating equipment. Accidents and negligence regarding heating and cooking equipment are the number one cause of large structural fires. Even in the case of arson (only 8% of structural fires are started intentionally) and having the proper fire suppression tools on hand can keep the fire contained and diminish damage inflicted. Below we’ve linked some of the products Pickering Safety offers.
Everyone Can Help Prevent Fires
Whether you’re at home in your community or an outdoor recreationalist, there are many things you can be doing to help prevent wildfires. Try to minimize the volume of ‘surface fuels’ on your property (this includes wood stacks, oil, twigs etc.) and make sure you do everything you can to limit accidental sparking from home machinery like lawn mowers and garage tools which are often the cause of accidental fires. In case of emergency, always make sure you have a “first-aid and safety kit” on hand to take with you as you exit the area affected by the fire. Outdoor recreationalists can greatly minimize the risk of fire simply by avoiding campfires and safely putting out cigarettes which are a massive cause of wildfires in BC. The province of BC has invested a lot of resources into making information readily available to citizens that would like to educate themselves on fire preparedness. Check out the link below for more resources:
Everyday Fire Safety Equipment
We encourage the public to keep reliable and effective fire prevention products and first-aid products on-hand at home and at work so they can do their part and contribute to preventing serious structural fires and wildfires. Here are some tips we’ve compiled to help individuals contribute to preventing serious fires:
- Keep a fire extinguisher within reach of most high-traffic areas in the home and workplace.
- Develop a safety check process for cooking and heating equipment in the home and at work so nothing is ever misused.
- Don’t burn candles (3% of fires are caused by candles alone). If you must, ensure you’ve extinguished them fully afterwards.
- Invest in a quality electrician. Anytime you need electrical work done on a structure, hire a professional – this is not only the cause of 8% of fires, but 15% of civilian deaths.
- Do not leave children unattended around flammable objects. Yes, it seems like a no-brainer, unfortunately, 2% of fires are caused by playing with a heat source. Death and serious injury are also highly likely in these instances.
Pickering Safety offers a wealth of fire prevention products that can help keep you, your home and your business safe. Please consider equipping your home and workplace with some of the products listed below and prevent serious fire damage due to negligence. At minimum, Pickering Safety recommends every home and workspace have a fire extinguisher and first-aid kit on hand in case of accidents and emergencies.
Fire Extinguisher: https://www.pickeringsafety.com/product/fire-extinguisher/
Burn Management Kit: https://www.pickeringsafety.com/product/burn-kit-large/
Heavy Duty Safety Gloves: https://www.pickeringsafety.com/first-aid/heavy-duty-gloves/
The Fort McMurray wildfire absolutely devastated the homes and lives of over 90,000 people on May 1st 2016. Although the fire was nearly a month ago as of publishing this – thousands of people are still displaced and in need of supplies. Pickering Safety was thrilled to donate supplies to support Canadian firefighters and we are asking anyone reading this to continue donating through the Canadian Red Cross in support of the victims who are still struggling because of the disaster. Donations can be made quickly and anonymously. Any small amount helps tremendously.