A commercial kitchen combines heat open flames, combustible oils, and a multitude of other hazards, all of which create a serious fire hazard. Fryers, gas ranges, and other cooking equipment co-exist in a high-activity environment which presents a risk of fire. The good news is that there are systems and equipment available to protect your restaurant, employees, and customers from the dangers of fire.
Restaurant Hood Suppression Systems
Restaurant hood fire suppression systems are the perfect solution for commercial kitchens because they respond automatically. These systems also come equipped with a manual pull station that can be activated by kitchen personnel. They utilize a wet chemical agent that provides a blanket over the fire, extinguishing it and preventing reflash. Nozzles and fusible links are placed directly above cooking equipment, extinguishing the fire quickly and efficiently. Restaurant hood suppression systems are required by code to be installed in all commercial kitchens, as well as semi-annual inspections.
In addition to restaurant hood suppression systems, all commercial buildings must have portable fire extinguishers. While a kitchen is the most likely place for a fire to start, it’s not the only place. Having portable extinguishers to extinguish fires outside of the kitchen, or to put out a fire that is threatening to spread, isn’t just a good idea—it’s required by code.
Class-K Fire Extinguisher
Not all portable fire extinguishers are the same, and the one required for commercial kitchens is highly specialized to handle cooking fires. These kitchens often have fats, oils, and grease exposed to high heat. These substances are the perfect fuel for a fire. Due to these specific circumstances, a Class-K fire extinguisher is required. Class-K fire extinguishers utilize the same extinguishing agents as hood suppression systems, making them ideal for kitchen fires.
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and property from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our superb customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.