Proper Commercial Kitchen Fire Suppression System Inspections Can Ensure Your Restaurant Stays Up to Code

Travis Jolliff

Do you own or manage a restaurant in El Paso TX or La Cruces NM? The commercial kitchens in these establishments require the right fire suppression system in order to ensure the safety of the staff and patrons AND to remain code compliant. If your commercial kitchen fire suppression system is not kept in proper working condition, the results could be devastating.  The number one way to ensure your commercial kitchen fire suppression system continues to operate as designed and stays up to code is to have fire suppression system professionals schedule and perform regular system inspections.

An average of 7410 restaurant fires were reported in the U.S. for the 4 year period covering 2010 to 2014 resulting in loss of life and millions of dollars in property damages. Thus, having regular inspections of your commercial fire suppression system is a must. This data highlights the importance of having the right commercial kitchen fire suppression system for your restaurant as well as the need to have all required inspections performed.

Commercial kitchen hood fire suppression systems must be inspected and maintenance performed semi-annually by a certified technician, according to NFPA 17A. If your cooking methods change, you may find yourself in a situation where your existing commercial kitchen fire suppression won’t adequately protect your kitchen in a fire and it may mean that you’re not staying up to code.  Not only could you be putting your property, employees and patrons at risk, you may also significantly affect your insurance rates.

Sometimes in a busy atmosphere like a restaurant kitchen, small maintenance needs such as frayed cords or wires get overlooked, but these can cause a devastating fire. Make sure all of your electrical equipment and appliances are well maintained by looking for and fixing faulty equipment.

Inspect exhaust systems for grease buildup. The NFPA Fire Code calls for quarterly inspections of systems in high-volume operations and semiannual inspections in moderate-volume operations. Monthly inspections are required for exhaust systems serving solid-fuel cooking equipment, like wood- or charcoal-burning ovens.

Fire safety starts by training employees on the importance of good housekeeping. Make sure all employees know how to properly use a fire extinguishers. Ensure that all employees know the importance of keeping walkways and exits clear in the event of a fire.

Don’t leave your restaurant fire safety to chance, contact Jay L Harman Fire Equipment TODAY to schedule your commercial fire suppression system inspections.

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The team at Jay L Harman Fire Equipment understands that you will have many burning questions on your mind when it comes to choosing the right fire suppression system for your business. Jay L Harman is the best and one of the biggest firefighting equipment suppliers and service providers in the region, specializing in fire suppression systems, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, fire fighting protective gear, fire hoses and more. Serving El Paso TX, Las Cruces NM and the surrounding areas, we pride ourselves on buying local and hiring local whenever possible.

Contact Jay L. Harman Fire Equipment in El Paso TX at 915-533-7021 or Las Cruces NM at 575-523-8880. Since 1925, we have protected businesses throughout the area from the harms and hazards of fires. Every Jay L Harman technician is licensed and regulated by the Texas Department of Insurance State Fire Marshal’s Office.  Each of these technicians continually receives the most up-to-date factory training and certifications by our manufacturers. Contact Jay L Harman Fire Equipment today. Let our friendly and knowledgeable staff tell you more about our fire suppression systems and help you find the ideal fire suppression system for your needs. Learn more about our full offering of fire extinguisher trainingfirefighting servicesfirefighting productsrequest a quote, ask a question or request additional information.