Fire Suppression System and Kitchen Hood Cleaning

Restaurant fire is something that is not good for a restaurant owner. A restaurant fire poses a serious damage in your property investment and people’s lives. If you own a restaurant, fire safety should also be in your checklist. According to the National Restaurant Association, 57% of all restaurant fires originate from cooking equipment. You have to think of safety and preventive measures for your restaurant safety.

There are two helpful ways by which you can prevent the occurrence of a restaurant fire. The first one is installing a fire suppression system in your kitchen and the second one is regular kitchen hood cleaning.

How can your restaurant benefit from fire suppression systems?

To protect your investment and its occupants, you may need to invest in a kitchen fire suppression system. A fire needs three things to thrive: oxygen, heat and fuel. Once the system detects a fire, the nozzles above the appliance will discharge wet chemicals. These wet chemicals are engineered to quickly put out fires by covering the flames and starving them of oxygen. As soon as the system trips, the gas line to the appliance will also be immediately cut off, depriving the fire of fuel. Fire suppression systems can discharge different chemicals for different applications. For example a different chemical will be used for grease fires than for oil or electrical fires. Since fires produce a lot of smoke, the hood automatically turns on to remove the smoke from your kitchen. Kitchen hood suppression systems respond automatically to fires, which minimize loss.

What is kitchen exhaust system cleaning?

Kitchen exhaust cleaning is the process of removing greases that has accumulated inside the exhaust systems of commercial kitchens. A proper cleaning of the entire kitchen exhaust system includes the hoods, filters, fans and all associated horizontal and vertical ductworks. Commercial kitchen operators need to comply strictly because they are mandated by NFPA-96 Standard.

How does kitchen exhaust system cleaning prevent fire?

Over time, your kitchen exhaust system accumulates grease from your cooking process. Depending on the food you regularly cook, how you prepare it, and how often you cook, your kitchen hoods may accumulate grease. Grease can be a factor of a restaurant fire. It can easily ignite whether in solid, liquid or vapour form. If you regularly clean your kitchen exhaust system, you can reduce fire hazards in your restaurant. Regular cleaning means monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. It will depend on the findings of your kitchen exhaust system. Your kitchen hood cleaning company can scrape the grease on the walls of your kitchen hoods. They may also use pressure washing to ensure a thorough and proper cleaning of your exhaust system. NFPA-96 Standard requires cleaning to “bare metal” so they may use caustic chemicals in cleaning. Make sure that the people you hire for the job are properly qualified and certified.

It is much less expensive to prevent kitchen fires than to repair a structural damage after a fire. Invest in quality fire suppression system and monitor the regular cleaning of your kitchen hoods to prevent restaurant fires.