Commercial kitchens will have several different fire protection measures in place. However, none of them are as important as having the right fire extinguisher in easy reach. Your employees will be able to help contain the fires in your kitchen, especially in case of power failures or other mishaps that can affect the functionality of your advanced fire protection technology.
Fire Extinguishers in the Kitchen
The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has declared that all commercial kitchens must keep at least one fire extinguisher in their prep spaces, ready to be used in case a fire should break out. Also, kitchen equipment usually needs to be extremely hot to achieve proper cooking temperatures – you don’t want to give your customers food poisoning from uncooked food – and there are plenty of oils and greases that are flammable. Hood fire suppression systems are another critical component of fire protection for all commercial kitchens, but even having these pieces of technology does not mean you can ignore regulations regarding the presence of class K fire extinguishers.
Class K Extinguishers
Class K fire extinguishers are intended for use in commercial kitchens; These extinguishers are better suited for stopping or slowing down fires in these locations, dealing with the heat and the fuel that sustains the fire. There are many types of class K extinguishers that you can equip your commercial kitchen with; dry chemicals and wet chemicals are two possibilities, as are several different sizes.
Using Class K Extinguishers
Wait until the hood fire suppression system or other appliances have activated their built-in fire suppression systems. If that hasn’t done much to stop or contain the fire, then it’s time to move in with the class K extinguishers. By doing this, you increase your chances of putting out the fire, or at least giving everyone else more time to escape the building as first responders begin to arrive.
Ultimately, adding more fire protection solutions to your commercial kitchen is in your best interests. Larger kitchens will by necessity need more than one extinguisher, and even in smaller kitchens, investing in multiple canisters is a good idea in case one should fail unexpectedly. The presence of more fryers and other vital equipment also means that you’ll need to account for them when installing or servicing the fire extinguishers in your building.
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 located 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.