Easy Guide To Choosing The Right Commercial Kitchen Fire Suppression System

Travis Jolliff

For restaurant owners, their commercial kitchen is the heartbeat of their livelihood. But as that old saying goes, 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. Regardless of why a fire starts out, what is important is suppressing the fire as quickly as possible. Water typically is not an option, as grease fires spread with the inclusion of water. A properly designed and installed commercial kitchen fire suppression systems offers a unique way of putting out a fire quickly and efficiently. If you are currently on the market for a commercial kitchen fire suppression system, or are interested in the restaurant business and want to know how best to protect your financial investment, this guide is intended to provide you with key information that you must consider to ensure you choose the right commercial kitchen fire suppression system for your specific needs

A Properly Designed and Installed Commercial Kitchen Fire Suppression System is Your First Line of Defense

According to the National Restaurant Association, 57% of all restaurant fires involve cooking equipment. This means the fire can be contained if you have a properly designed and installed commercial kitchen fire suppression system installed. Properly training your staff, cleaning up grease, and having a fire extinguisher readily available when fire breaks out in other conditions is still important, but you can cut down your fire potential by nearly 60% with a properly designed and installed commercial kitchen fire suppression system. Therefore, your commercial kitchen fire suppression system instantly becomes your first line of defense.

The Basics

Different brands of commercial kitchen fire suppression systems provide slightly different features. For the most part, the suppression system connects to both the hood over your cooking station and the gas line running through the cooking station. If the fire suppression system is tripped, the gas line automatically shuts off – killing the fuel source of the fire. Depending on the fire (such as a grease fire), it may still burn on and threaten to spread. Thus, there is a secondary element to the system specifically designed to put out the remaining flames.

Nozzles are installed throughout the ventilation system in the hood over your cooking station. When tripped, the nozzles discharge a specially designed fire suppressant agent. The cook station hood kicks on, removing the smoke from the kitchen.

Easy to Use

Commercial kitchen fire suppression systems are generally easy to use. Different systems have different ways of detecting a fire, but once tripped, the two-prong approach kicks in quickly to kill the fuel source while dousing the flames. This keeps damage and potential financial loss to a minimum.

If the designated trigger is not activated, the nozzle system may not turn on until the fire has spread beyond the cooking surface, therefore, a manual activation point on the commercial kitchen fire suppression systems allows an operator to activate suppression system which quickly kills the flames.

Finding the Right Restaurant Fire Suppression Systems

Suppression systems come in many different sizes, designs and agents. A commercial kitchen fire suppression system is usually installed into the current hood of a kitchen. This allows for the ability to adjust the size of the system and the amount of liquid fire suppressant readily available. While no two restaurants are exactly alike, most kitchens share similar traits, so having this kind of setup installed is not difficult and can be customized to fit the restaurant’s needs.

Employee safety is a priority for any employer. As a business owner, it is your job to provide the best product in the safest manner possible. Commercial kitchen fire suppression systems allow you to do just that, while protecting your financial and real estate investments from fire damage.

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