Fire accidents can happen anywhere. And a commercial kitchen is a place that commonly witnesses this emergency situation unfold. As this is the case, many business owners rely on a restaurant fire suppression system to help them minimize damage in case a fire breaks out.
When this kind of system is installed in your business premises, one thing you need to do is to have it regularly inspected to avoid accidental fire suppression activations. If you want to know more about how to avoid these rather messy false discharges, this read is for you.
Why Prevent False Alarms and Discharges
False fire alarms are generally inefficient. Your business operations will come to a halt, and if you’ve already called the fire department, they would have to respond and arrive at a property where there is no actual fire. In some places, you would even need to pay a fee.
Once the discharge goes off (e.g. Water), it can also cause damage to your property and you would have to incur repair expenses for it.
Another problem that may arise is that when these accidental activations happen frequently, it can create a negative mindset among you and your employees (and even customers). And when your restaurant fire suppression system is actually putting a real fire out, it’s not impossible for people to regard it as just another false alarm or discharge.
Ways on Avoiding False Discharges
With the abovementioned issues, it is only rightful for you to prevent your restaurant fire suppression system from letting false discharges out. Here are some ways how:
Clearly label your manual pull stations. Kitchen hood fire suppression systems typically come with manual activation switches. Apart from placing them strategically, you also need to properly — and clearly — label them. Some employees can mistakenly identify them as a switch for other equipment.
Put up ample ventilation. This is especially true in places where steam is a regular sight (read: the kitchen). Proper ventilation will help regulate airflow and temperature, preventing sending “false fire signals” to your system.
Regularly inspect your exhaust fans. When fusible links are exposed to kitchen heat or grease, it can result in your system giving off a false alarm. One way to avoid this situation is by making sure that your system’s exhaust fans are properly functioning.
Hire the right people to do the inspection. We all know how important regular inspection is, but in doing so, make sure that you are tapping the right people. Well-equipped technicians should be able to tell if your system and its parts are working properly or not.
Designate a smoking area. People who are smoking near your system’s detectors can be the culprit of a false discharge. To prevent this from happening, assign a smoking area and instruct your people accordingly. You can also put a no-smoking label near the detectors.
Install security cameras. Monitor your system’s detectors and manual pull stations by installing security cameras near them. This way, you can also see if there’s an actual fire that has broken out in the area where the discharge is taking place.
A restaurant fire suppression system is not a want but a must for restaurant or commercial kitchen owners. Find out more and contact us today at Westminster Fire!