When it comes to fire safety, one size does not fit all – and that is especially true if you are in the restaurant industry. At Premier Fire Alarms & Integration Systems, Inc., we have been in business for over 20 years. We have helped many different restaurants throughout Palm Beach County, FL select the best fire system and BDA system for them. If you are new to the restaurant industry or looking to update an existing system, read on to learn more about restaurant fire suppression systems.
The Component Parts Of Restaurant Fire Suppression Systems
Although there are many different systems available on today’s market, the basic features are similar. To begin, most fire systems connect to the cooking station in two places:
- The ventilation hood above the cooking station
- The gas line that pipes gas into the cooking station
These two connections are vital to any restaurant fire system because they intervene where fuel is supplied, applying chemical fire suppressants to stop the fire at its source. Now that we have clarified essential components, let us examine how they work to suppress an actual fire.
Fire Suppression In Action
If a fire should occur in your restaurant, a suppression system will respond in the following ways:
- A fire breaks out, and the system trips. The gas line shuts off automatically, killing the fire’s fuel source.
- A series of nozzles are installed in the ventilation hood component.
- The second element trips, causing the nozzles to expel a wet chemical fire suppressant specifically developed to suppress grease fires and prevent re-ignition.
- Finally, ventilation hood fans join in, removing toxic smoke from the kitchen.
When activated quickly, these systems efficiently suppress commercial kitchen fires, prevent spread, protect your equipment, and, most importantly, save precious lives.
A Few Final Notes
Now that you know the basics, here are a few other details you will want to consider. The first is that, while systems work automatically, manual actuation is an important feature to consider. Kitchen fires can be unpredictable, and they can spread quickly, but they may not initially occur in the area where immediate activation occurs. Manual activation is a fail-safe that provides another level of protection that can keep your kitchen safer.
Lastly, simply selecting the right system is not enough. Keeping it in working order requires regular maintenance and cleaning. Exactly how much will depend on your system and the volume of service your kitchen regularly handles. You will want to talk with your Premier Fire Systems technician to help.
If you are new to the restaurant industry, or if you are looking to upgrade existing fire suppression systems, Premier Fire Alarms & Integration Systems, Inc. in Palm Beach County has the technological expertise and the unrelenting dedication to the customer experience you need to help you select and maintain a truly top of the line fire and life safety system. Health and safety are our number one job, and we take it seriously! Contact us today.