Author: Travis Jolliff

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In order to ensure that your commercial kitchen fire suppression system operates properly when needed, federal certification as well as state licensure require facilities to properly inspect, test and maintain the exhaust hoods, filters and fire-extinguishing equipment making up their commercial kitchen fire suppression systems relied upon to protect their commercial kitchen cooking equipment. Applicable…

February 1, 2024 Travis Jolliff

Restaurants have all the ingredients for a small kitchen fire to quickly become an out of control blaze. Open flames, cooking oils and hot cooking equipment contribute to the nearly 8,000 restaurant fires that are reported each year.  Restaurant owners know all too well what a fire can do to their business. A devastating fire…

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Fire suppression systems for commercial kitchens prevent the spread of an already burning fire. Suppression systems use a combination of dry chemicals and wetting agents to suppress cooking equipment fires. Wetting agents are a form of concentrate added to water contained in the system. They improve the fire suppression performance of water by reducing its…

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At the Jay L Harmon Fire Equipment company, safety remains our number one priority. Our focus is to help keep restaurants and other commercial kitchens safe from grease fires through installation of proper fire suppression systems, vigilant maintenance and effective cleaning programs. When it comes to fire safety, there are a variety of things business…

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Ultrasonic examination comprises a range of non-destructive testing techniques that send ultrasonic waves through an object or material. These high frequency sound waves are transmitted into materials to characterize the material or for flaw detecting. Most ultrasonic examination applications use short pulse waves with frequencies ranging from 0.1-15 MHz, although frequencies up to 50 MHz…

Travis Jolliff

Ultrasonic examination comprises a range of non-destructive testing techniques that send ultrasonic waves through an object or material. These high frequency sound waves are transmitted into materials to characterize the material or for flaw detecting. Most ultrasonic examination applications use short pulse waves with frequencies ranging from 0.1-15 MHz, although frequencies up to 50 MHz…

Travis Jolliff

Ultrasonic examination comprises a range of non-destructive testing techniques that send ultrasonic waves through an object or material. These high frequency sound waves are transmitted into materials to characterize the material or for flaw detecting. Most ultrasonic examination applications use short pulse waves with frequencies ranging from 0.1-15 MHz, although frequencies up to 50 MHz…

Travis Jolliff

Ultrasonic examination comprises a range of non-destructive testing techniques that send ultrasonic waves through an object or material. These high frequency sound waves are transmitted into materials to characterize the material or for flaw detecting. Most ultrasonic examination applications use short pulse waves with frequencies ranging from 0.1-15 MHz, although frequencies up to 50 MHz…

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DOT pressure vessels (cylinders) require periodic inspections to evaluate the integrity and safety of each vessel. After years in use, it is important that authorized holders of a Re-qualification Identification Number (RIN) conduct a thorough examination of each vessel. Two non-destructive test methods are generally used for re-qualification: hydrostatic (volumetric expansion) and ultrasonic examination. Ultrasonic…

Travis Jolliff

DOT pressure vessels (cylinders) require periodic inspections to evaluate the integrity and safety of each vessel. After years in use, it is important that authorized holders of a Re-qualification Identification Number (RIN) conduct a thorough examination of each vessel. Two non-destructive test methods are generally used for re-qualification: hydrostatic (volumetric expansion) and ultrasonic examination. Ultrasonic…

Travis Jolliff

Commercial kitchens pose one of the greatest risks for fires. Your restaurant is full of industrial, high-heat equipment that often comes into contact with cooking oils and grease, all of which present a significant fire hazard. Protecting your kitchen staff and the equipment within your kitchen is paramount, but can be tricky. Fire extinguishers are…

Travis Jolliff

Commercial kitchens pose one of the greatest risks for fires. Your restaurant is full of industrial, high-heat equipment that often comes into contact with cooking oils and grease, all of which present a significant fire hazard. Protecting your kitchen staff and the equipment within your kitchen is paramount, but can be tricky. Fire extinguishers are…

Travis Jolliff

Commercial kitchens pose one of the greatest risks for fires. Your restaurant is full of industrial, high-heat equipment that often comes into contact with cooking oils and grease, all of which present a significant fire hazard. Protecting your kitchen staff and the equipment within your kitchen is paramount, but can be tricky. Fire extinguishers are…

Travis Jolliff

Ultrasonic testing comprises a range of non-destructive testing techniques that send ultrasonic waves through an object or material. These high frequency sound waves are transmitted into materials to characterize the material or for flaw detecting. One common application for this test method is ultrasonic thickness measurement, which is used to ascertain the thickness of an…

Travis Jolliff

Ultrasonic testing comprises a range of non-destructive testing techniques that send ultrasonic waves through an object or material. These high frequency sound waves are transmitted into materials to characterize the material or for flaw detecting. One common application for this test method is ultrasonic thickness measurement, which is used to ascertain the thickness of an…

Travis Jolliff

Ultrasonic testing comprises a range of non-destructive testing techniques that send ultrasonic waves through an object or material. These high frequency sound waves are transmitted into materials to characterize the material or for flaw detecting. One common application for this test method is ultrasonic thickness measurement, which is used to ascertain the thickness of an…

Travis Jolliff

Ultrasonic testing comprises a range of non-destructive testing techniques that send ultrasonic waves through an object or material. These high frequency sound waves are transmitted into materials to characterize the material or for flaw detecting. One common application for this test method is ultrasonic thickness measurement, which is used to ascertain the thickness of an…

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Many industries use compressed gas cylinders to store substances such as oxygen, propane, acetylene, or fire suppressants. Structural flaws in a cylinder can turn dangerous resulting in leaks, ruptures, or even deadly explosions. The two primary methods of testing cylinders to detect these potential flaws are hydrostatic testing and ultrasonic examination. The processes of these…

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Many industries use compressed gas cylinders to store substances such as oxygen, propane, acetylene, or fire suppressants. Structural flaws in a cylinder can turn dangerous resulting in leaks, ruptures, or even deadly explosions. The two primary methods of testing cylinders to detect these potential flaws are hydrostatic testing and ultrasonic examination. The processes of these…

Travis Jolliff

Many industries use compressed gas cylinders to store substances such as oxygen, propane, acetylene, or fire suppressants. Structural flaws in a cylinder can turn dangerous resulting in leaks, ruptures, or even deadly explosions. The two primary methods of testing cylinders to detect these potential flaws are hydrostatic testing and ultrasonic examination. The processes of these…

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The choice of re-qualification testing method for portable cylinders is based on a variety of factors.  In most cases, DOT regulations offer choices.  This 5 part article discusses the different choices when it comes to re-qualification testing methods for portable cylinders. Each part will identify the type of re-qualification testing method and provide a brief…

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The choice of re-qualification testing method for portable cylinders is based on a variety of factors.  In most cases, DOT regulations offer choices. This 5 part article discusses the different choices when it comes to re-qualification testing methods for portable cylinders. Each part will identify the type of re-qualification testing method and provide a brief…

Travis Jolliff

The choice of re-qualification testing method for portable cylinders is based on a variety of factors.  In most cases, DOT regulations offer choices. This 5 part article discusses the different choices when it comes to re-qualification testing methods for portable cylinders. Each part will identify the type of re-qualification testing method and provide a brief…

Travis Jolliff

The choice of re-qualification testing method for portable cylinders is based on a variety of factors.  In most cases, DOT regulations offer choices. This 5 part article discusses the different choices when it comes to re-qualification testing methods for portable cylinders. Each part will identify the type of re-qualification testing method and provide a brief…

Travis Jolliff

The choice of re-qualification testing method for portable cylinders is based on a variety of factors.  In most cases, DOT regulations offer choices. This 5 part article discusses the different choices when it comes to re-qualification testing methods for portable cylinders. Each part will identify the type of re-qualification testing method and provide a brief…

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In accordance with The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, re-qualification of portable cylinders means the completion of a visual inspection and the tests required to be performed on a cylinder to determine its suitability for continued service. Regulatory approval of the test facility, personnel and equipment is required for portable cylinder re-qualification. Successful certification…

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It is important that authorized holders of a Re-qualification Identification Number (RIN) conduct a thorough examination of each DOT portable cylinder as part of re-qualification. Two non-destructive test methods are generally used for re-qualification: hydrostatic testing and ultrasonic examination.  Ultrasonic Examination offers several advantages to equipment operators and is the preferred re-qualification methodology because it…

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Ultrasonic testing provides tremendous advantages over hydrostatic testing. These advantages include financial savings, cylinder integrity, environmental benefits, enhanced safety, and maintenance of product integrity in the cylinders. Ultrasonic testing is no longer a new, unproven concept in cylinder testing; it has been in the field for over fifteen years and has become the preferred test…

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Ultrasonic Examination is the most popular and reliable test method for portable cylinders and offers several advantages. Ultrasonic Examination eliminates the need for valve removal and internal visual inspection, thus allowing the cylinder to be tested with residual product. Hydrostatic testing and ultrasonic examination are the two test methods generally used to re-qualify cylinders. Test…

Travis Jolliff

Ultrasonic Examination is the most popular and reliable test method for portable cylinders and offers several advantages. Ultrasonic Examination eliminates the need for valve removal and internal visual inspection, thus allowing the cylinder to be tested with residual product. DOT pressure vessels (cylinders) require periodic inspections to evaluate the integrity and safety of each vessel….

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The AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire Suppression System is a staple in commercial kitchens around the world. To meet NFPA guidelines and ensure quality, AMEREX stringently tested this product with Underwriters Laboratory to meet UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment. AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire…

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The AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire Suppression System is a staple in commercial kitchens around the world. To meet NFPA guidelines and ensure quality, AMEREX stringently tested this product with Underwriters Laboratory to meet UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment. AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire…

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The AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire Suppression System is a staple in commercial kitchens around the world. To meet NFPA guidelines and ensure quality, AMEREX stringently tested this product with Underwriters Laboratory to meet UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment. AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire…

Travis Jolliff

The AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire Suppression System is a staple in commercial kitchens around the world. To meet NFPA guidelines and ensure quality, AMEREX stringently tested this product with Underwriters Laboratory to meet UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment. AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire…

Travis Jolliff

The AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire Suppression System is a staple in commercial kitchens around the world. To meet NFPA guidelines and ensure quality, AMEREX stringently tested this product with Underwriters Laboratory to meet UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment. AMEREX Kitchen Protection Restaurant Fire…

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Today’s high-temperature, high-efficiency cooking appliances, plus the use of hotter burning vegetable oils, poses a greater fire suppression challenge than in the past. ANSUL R-102 Restaurant Fire Suppression Systems meet the challenge and are the top choice of food service kitchens worldwide. Knock Down Kitchen Fires Fast The ANSUL R-102 Restaurant Fire Suppression System incorporates…

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We usually don’t think of a fire destroying our business or office building. Typically, we’re worried about more day to day ever present threats such as a downward trending economy, high customer churn rate, the struggle to retain talented employees, legal issues, etc. But the fact is that commercial building fires kill tens of people,…

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We usually don’t think of a fire destroying our business or office building. Typically, we’re worried about more day to day ever present threats such as a downward trending economy, high customer churn rate, the struggle to retain talented employees, legal issues, etc. But the fact is that commercial building fires kill tens of people,…

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Unfortunately, when it comes to restaurants and commercial kitchens, anywhere that cooking equipment is being used is at an increased risk of a building fire. From fire alarm monitoring to fire sprinklers, it can be pretty confusing to know what fire protection equipment and services are necessary. Kitchen fires are the number one cause of…

Travis Jolliff

Unfortunately, when it comes to restaurants and commercial kitchens, anywhere that cooking equipment is being used is at an increased risk of a building fire. From fire alarm monitoring to fire sprinklers, it can be pretty confusing to know what fire protection equipment and services are necessary. Kitchen fires are the number one cause of…

Travis Jolliff

For restaurant owners, their kitchen is the heartbeat of their livelihood. But where there is heat, there is the risk of fire. Fires are more likely to occur in a restaurant than nearly any other kind of business. With continual exposure to high heat, fires can break out for a variety of reasons. Regardless of…

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The U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service outline regulations for fire extinguishers on construction sites and vehicles. Individual pieces of equipment that are not vehicles are subject to the regulations of the construction site. Vehicles have regulations based on their size, outlined by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Part 243…

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Fire extinguishers are required by law on all trucks, truck tractors, and buses. The fire extinguisher(s) must be filled and located so that it is readily available for use. The extinguisher(s) must be securely mounted to prevent sliding, rolling, or vertical movement relative to the motor vehicle. You can’t just throw the extinguisher behind your…

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The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains specific DOT fire extinguisher requirements for vehicles that travel U.S. roadways. When a vehicle collision occurs, and a fire starts or flammable materials in transit combust, a commercial truck fire extinguisher can mean the difference between quickly containing the fire and the fire growing out of control,…

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A visual inspection alone is not sufficient to ensure that a portable fire extinguisher is safe or will operate properly when needed. Over time, normal handling or workplace conditions can impact the structural integrity of a portable fire extinguisher and cause it to malfunction or burst. To prevent this from happening, all portable fire extinguishers…

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A visual inspection alone is not sufficient to ensure that a portable fire extinguisher is safe or will operate properly when needed. Over time, normal handling or workplace conditions can impact the structural integrity of a portable fire extinguisher and cause it to malfunction or burst. To prevent this from happening, all portable fire extinguishers…

Travis Jolliff

A visual inspection alone is not sufficient to ensure that a portable fire extinguisher is safe or will operate properly when needed. Over time, normal handling or workplace conditions can impact the structural integrity of a portable fire extinguisher and cause it to malfunction or burst. To prevent this from happening, all portable fire extinguishers…

Travis Jolliff

A visual inspection alone is not sufficient to ensure that a portable fire extinguisher is safe or will operate properly when needed. Over time, normal handling or workplace conditions can impact the structural integrity of a portable fire extinguisher and cause it to malfunction or burst. To prevent this from happening, all portable fire extinguishers…

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Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) cylinders that provide air for breathing are most commonly used in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compliant and industrial applications. The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires periodic hydrostatic testing of these SCBA cylinders. The NFPA recognizes the DOT’s testing requirements in their standard on SCBA selection, care and maintenance. A…

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Federal laws (and in some cases state and municipal statutes) require that most of the pressure cylinders associated with portable fire extinguishers must be periodically hydrostatically retested to ensure their safety. In addition, the laws require hydrostatic testing of cylinders which show evidence of corrosion or mechanical injury. Principal authorities The two principal authorities that…

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Part 1 in this series identifies the need for hydrostatic testing of self contained breathing apparatus used by firefighters and rescue personnel. Part 2 in this series will provide a summary of the frequency requirements and safety precautions associated with hydrostatic testing of self contained breathing apparatus compressed gas cylinders. Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) are…

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Part 1 in this series identifies the need for hydrostatic testing of self contained breathing apparatus used by firefighters and rescue personnel. Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) are one of the most important items of personal protective equipment used by firefighters and rescue personnel. SCBA allow firefighters to enter hazardous environments to perform essential interior operations…

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Part 1 in this series provided a summary of each step in the hydrostatic testing process for rechargeable portable fire extinguishers through the actual hydrostatic test. Part 2 in this series will provide a summary of the steps following the hydrostatic test through final reassembly and recharging the portable fire extinguisher. Portable fire extinguishers designed…

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Fire suppression systems for commercial kitchens prevent the spread of an already burning fire. Suppression systems use a combination of dry chemicals and wetting agents to suppress cooking equipment fires. Wetting agents are a form of concentrate added to water contained in the system. They improve the fire suppression performance of water by reducing its…

Travis Jolliff

Restaurant operators know that wet chemical systems are the only solution to their fire suppression needs. In fact, commercial cooking cannot be done without a state of the art Fire Suppression system. Voluminous cooking with today’s vegetable oils cause high heat conditions therefore creating a hazardous environment to say the least. The potential for a…

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Fire extinguishers are pretty easy to forget about. They sit in your workplace or home day after day “just in case,” but of course you hope you’ll never have to use one. Even though fire extinguishers may not always be top of mind, there’s nothing worse than needing an fire extinguisher in an emergency only…

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Portable fire extinguishers are typically a key element of any business’s fire safety plan.  Understanding the fundamental principles of firefighting, the different types of fires that might occur within a business or building, the proper use of portable fire extinguishers and the different types of portable fire extinguishers and the fires they are effective against…