Kitchen fires are among the most common in commercial buildings, and the risks of related damage and costly repairs are significant. Add in the potential for injury and loss of employee life, and your kitchen fire suppression system becomes priceless. Below, we’re going to review how often an inspection of your system is needed, what gets inspected, and what you can do to prepare.
How Often Are Kitchen Fire Suppression System Inspections Needed?
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the fire suppression system in your commercial kitchen needs to be inspected by a certified technician at least once every six months. Your semi-annual inspection will ensure your system is up to code and functioning without issue.
What Gets Inspected?
A certified technician will inspect the entirety of your fire suppression system. This includes a visual inspection for damage to lines and valves and to confirm the system hasn’t been compromised. They’ll ensure that adequate pressure is maintained and that no blow-off caps or other pieces need replacement.
In addition to the inspection, the tech will also test that your detection system is functioning and triggers your alarm system. They’ll make sure your gas shut-off valves and any mechanical or electrical switches are performing as intended.
What You Can Do to Prepare
There are a few things you can do to make sure your inspection goes as smoothly as possible. First, do your own inspection monthly to ensure there is no visible damage or build-up of grease in your ducts or vent hood. Check to ensure that the system hasn’t been tampered with and that all pressure gauges indicate adequate pressure.
Lastly, make sure your manual fire alarm isn’t blocked by furniture or equipment.
Why You Should Get Your Inspection ASAP
Having your system inspected regularly and on time is the best way to protect your building, your employees, and yourself in the case of a fire. Your kitchen fire suppression system can save lives and reduce property damage and business downtime, so getting inspections done routinely is imperative.
When you’re ready to schedule the mandatory and beneficial inspection of your kitchen fire suppression system, contact one of our certified kitchen fire suppression experts to conduct a comprehensive check of your system and ensure everything is up to code and in working order.