Commercial Fire Suppression System
This post will cover the following:
- What is a fire suppression system?
- How does a commercial fire suppression system work?
- Components of a fire suppression system.
- Kitchen fire suppression costs.
- Do I need a kitchen fire suppression system?
- How do I take care of the fire suppression system?
What Is A Fire Suppression System?
One of the greatest dangerous in any kitchen is fire. A fire suppression system is there to keep your kitchen safe and to save you money. System specifics will, of course, vary by brand and type, yet all suppression systems include the same two basic elements. The first element eliminates the fire’s fuel source and the second element then stops it from spreading anywhere.
A fire suppression system designed for a restaurant will connect to two areas of the cooking station: the gas line and hood. Whenever a fire is sensed by the system, the gas line is shut off. Afterwards, the nozzles in the hood’s ventilation system discharges a water-based suppressant. This suppressant includes a chemical that is designed specifically to eliminate grease fires. The last step of the process is the ventilation system removing any and all smoke from the area.
The biggest benefit of these systems is that they are very simple to operate. Fire suppression systems will resemble sprinkler systems. These systems will activate whenever fire is detected in the area. Fire suppression systems will reduce damage and ultimately save money.
How Does A Commercial Fire Suppression System Work?
In the unfortunate event of a fire, your commercial fire suppression system will be triggered, shutting off the gas line automatically. This kills the fuel source to the fire, but that doesn’t mean the blaze will stop right away. That’s why fire suppression systems come equipped with a second component, which is a series of nozzles installed atop the cooking station’s hood.
Whenever the second fire-prevention element is tripped, the nozzles will discharge a wet chemical fire suppressant. This suppressant is designed specifically to stop grease fires and prevent them from re-igniting at any point. The last step involves the kitchen hood kicking on to help remove any smoke from the area.
These systems are incredibly efficient and can put out commercial fires in just a few seconds time. Protect your staff and customers by installing fire suppression systems as soon as possible.
Components Of A Fire Suppression System
There are multiple fire suppression systems on the market, yet all will feature the same basic components. Generally, commercial fire suppression systems will be connected to your cooking station in these places:
- The gas line that runs through the cooking station.
- The hood atop the cooking station.
These two connections make up the most crucial components of your commercial fire suppression system. One part cuts the fuel, while the other part applies the chemical suppressant, when needed.
Kitchen Fire Suppression Costs
Here is a look at typical costs for the most commonly used kitchen fire suppression systems, both for commercial and residential use:
- HoodMart currently offers hoods that include built-in fire suppression systems. These hoods will range in price from $6,500-$7,500.
- Using a low pH liquid agent designed for multiple appliances, the Ansul R-102 costs from $3,000-$5,500. The Ansul R-102 can also detect fires in ventilating equipment, which includes ducts, hoods and grease extractors.
- Superior Hoods FIRESUPP systems come rated from medium to high heat. Sizes can range from 4′ to 16′ with this model, and the price tag runs from $2,000-$4,200.
Do I Need A Kitchen Fire Suppression System?
This question comes with a simple answer: yes! Any restaurant should invest in a fire suppression system for safety and peace of mind. Kitchen fires can quickly spiral out of control, causing thousands of dollars in damage in just a matter of minutes. Commercial kitchens need to have a prevention plan in place at all times.
How Do I Take Care Of The Fire Suppression System?
As is the case with any suppression system, the commercial system will require some regular maintenance. You should have your system checked and serviced by professionals every six months.
Follow these guidelines to keep your system operating properly in order to maximize your investment:
- Regular maintenance will keep your equipment running and can help you discover any potential issues.
- Regularly cleaning your appliances will significantly lower any fire risks.
- Keep a backup fire extinguisher (class k rating) nearby to protect your kitchen, if necessary.
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