It may seem obvious that the kitchen is a fire hazard area because open flames are used in almost every step of the food preparation process. Frozen ingredients are thawed, soups are cooked, vegetables are steamed, meats and cakes are baked – all of this is done in most professional kitchens with gas-fired appliances. In this article, we present the best kitchen fire suppression systems to help prevent potential fire damage.
What Are Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems?
According to the US fire administration, cooking, as one might anticipate, was the primary cause of restaurant fires, accounting for 64 percent of all restaurant fires. Heating and electrical problems each accounted for 7% of the total. The remaining 23% of restaurant fires were caused by inadvertent, reckless activities, appliances, other heat, and many other categories with less than 3 percent apiece.
That’s why professional fire damage prevention and control are of the utmost importance. The best restaurant systems not only ensure that fire hazards are dealt with as quickly as possible, but also place great emphasis on prevention. An effective restaurant fire protection system consists of two parts: a smoke detector installed at strategic points in the kitchen (which can exclude the natural smoke associated with daily kitchen operations), and a fire extinguisher system, usually using special chemicals that are capable of handling burning oil, grease, and hazardous situations.
These devices, designed specifically for extinguishing kitchen fires, contain a special extinguishing agent that protects not only the kitchen equipment but also the oil separator and exhaust line above it. Their installation is in the best interest of the kitchen owner or operator, since, in addition to the legal requirements, they protect life and property, and also ensure the financial security of the owner, for a negligible investment compared to the potential damage.
How Do Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems Work?
The American-developed ANSUL and Pro-Chem restaurant systems were designed for fire protection in commercial kitchens and have proven their necessity and effectiveness many times over the years. The systems provide specially designed nozzles for all commercial kitchen equipment that effectively protect kitchen equipment, overhead hoods, and air ducts. The systems are NFPA compliant.
These wet chemicals are designed to put out fires rapidly by covering them and denying them oxygen. The gas line to the appliance will also be turned off as soon as the system trips, depriving the fire of fuel. This method extinguishes a kitchen fire rapidly and without disrupting other cooking stations.
This implies that just the food that was destroyed in the fire is lost, not all of the food that was being cooked in your kitchen. Because flames create a lot of smoke, your kitchen hood will automatically switch on to clear the smoke.
At Complete Fire Protection Inc. we use both Ansul and Pyro-Chem commercial kitchen fire suppression systems because of their durability and quality.
The Benefits of Ansul & Pryo-Chem Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems
- Fully automated: The operation that does not require human intervention to perform the fire extinguishing process.
- Quick solution: By extinguishing the fire as quickly as possible, the restaurant systems prevent damage to kitchen equipment.
- Special chemicals: The extinguishing agents are easy to clean and do not damage the rest of the kitchen so the work can be resumed almost immediately.
- Compliance with government regulations: Commercial restaurants must adhere to strict regulations in both the kitchen and guest areas, and automated restaurant systems can help achieve the required level of protection.
If you are interested in how a restaurant fire suppression system can protect your business, give us a call or fill out a contact form for a free consultation.