One of the most common places for a fire to occur is in the kitchen. Every restaurant and commercial and institutional kitchen facility must have an appropriate automatic fire detection and suppression system installed and properly maintained. The system is required for hoods, plenums, ducts, and associated cooking appliances. A variety of national, state, and local codes applies, depending on the type of facility, occupancy, and hazard classification. The following National Fire Protection Association publication serves as the basis for detailing minimum requirements:
The five basic requirements for compliance are:
Secure Fire & Safety will assist in analyzing the hazards within a kitchen and designing and installing the right suppression system. This includes the selection of appropriate fire extinguishers to meet the specific needs of a kitchen. All kitchens are required to have a wet chemical fire extinguisher in the cooking area. This is the best extinguisher for fighting grease fires.
A facility owner is required to have the suppression system visually inspected monthly to give reasonable assurance that it is fully charged and operable.
All systems are required to be maintained semiannually in accordance with NFPA codes and manufacturers' standards. Major areas of maintenance include:
Current and accurate records must be kept relating to all inspection and maintenance activity. Secure Fire & Safety will ensure that all equipment carries proper documentation upon completion of any work.
While kitchen systems are automatic, it is important that all employees have fire safety training in case of an emergency. Secure Fire & Safety will develop and administer a customized training program
for your employees that will meet OSHA requirements.