Restaurants, hotels, schools and other buildings such as care homes that house a commercial kitchen are regarded as high-hazard. Fire suppression systems are being specified more often by insurance companies as they recognise that a kitchen in a building is one of the major risks to a fire/disaster and a potential large claim.
However, there is a lot that can go wrong and fire suppression systems need to be installed to suit the equipment it’s protecting, and maintained correctly. Here is a list of the top 10 fire safety issues we come across with fire suppression systems, and why they’re so important:
1) The system is not installed or maintained by an approved agent of the manufacturer
Kitchen fire suppression systems need to be installed and maintained by an approved, appropriately qualified company. Ansul, one of the leading manufacturers of fire suppression systems, impose high standards to achieve before certifying companies as approved installers and system designers. Comprehensive engineer training, in-depth suppression system design courses, and standards to meet to certify and approve each new installation are just some of the procedures that have to be met by approved fire safety companies. Fire suppression systems and installation companies should also manufacture, install and maintain to LPS 1223 standard. Fire suppression systems not installed and maintained by an approved contractor may invalidate your buildings’ insurance policy.