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Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems 101

Posted on: May 8, 2013

If you run a restaurant or food prep facility in New Jersey or Delaware, you know it’s vitally important to make sure your kitchen fire suppression system is well maintained and functioning properly at all times. NFPA codes 96 and 17 lay out the requirements for kitchen fire suppression system maintenance, which in addition to regular maintenance schedules include recommendations for things like:

1. Fuel Source Shutoff Valves

The latest edition of NFPA-96 and NFPA-17/17A requires all commercial kitchens to have an automatic shutoff valve—either electrical or mechanical—that automatically cuts power to electric or gas sources while the fire suppression system is activated. Electricity and grease are the most common causes of fires in commercial kitchens, so it’s critically important to prevent these fuel sources from reaching an active blaze.

2. Nozzles and Caps

Caps installed on the nozzles of your kitchen fire suppression system prevent grease from getting in there and blocking the flow of the extinguishing agent. During a professional kitchen fire suppression system inspection, a fire protection technician will remove the caps to make sure the piping is clear of grease or other buildup, as well as check to make sure the nozzles and caps are in place, aimed properly, and in good shape.

3. Ductwork

An exhaust hood is a crucial companion to your kitchen fire protection system, designed to move air (and a fire) outside of your facility. During an inspection, your fire protection technician will check your hood exhaust system’s ductwork for any holes that could compromise its performance.

4. Detector Links

Detector links are designed to sense changes in the levels of heat in the immediate atmosphere. When a certain temperature is reached, the link burns up, which allows the kitchen fire suppression system’s extinguishing agent to be released. Your fire protection technician will make sure all heat detector links are in the correct locations.

Kitchen fire suppression system maintenance is crucial to maintaining a healthy and safe environment in your restaurant or food prep facility. If you need commercial kitchen fire suppression system inspection in New Jersey or Delaware, call Confires today.

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