The Hidden Dangers of Commercial Fires 0 1359


According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in the USA, the five most common causes of fires in commercial buildings include; cooking equipment, heating equipment, electrical and lighting equipment, smoking materials, and intentional fire setting. In Trinidad those facts are not different, so as a society we should always be prepared for the possibility of a fire. There is a great love for cooking in Trinidad and with some of the best restaurants and chefs in the world finding a safe balance should be our top priority.

Once any restaurant has open flames, red hot surfaces and heavily greased-laden work areas, there is a likelihood that hidden grease build up will occur. This usually occurs in the hoods, below the cooking areas in the grease pans and deep within the ducting above your cooking area. Even if you do have a suppression system installed, degreasing the nozzles is of paramount importance.

Any cooking causes the release of vapours that contain water molecules in the form of steam which when mixed with fats and oils causes grease accumulation deep within ducting above and beyond the cooking area.

Therefore, even if you keep cleaning your hoods be aware that your ducting needs to be cleaned. Without maintenance and no way of extinguishing a fire within the ceiling duct, it is very likely that within minutes your entire roof could be an inferno. When this occurs, you have two options. Firstly, you can fight the fire with extinguishers with hopes to defeat the fire or introduce a system that will extinguish the fire immediately.

IRP Fire and Safety Ltd. has that safe option, through a product known as the Kitchen Mister. The Buckeye Kitchen Mister Systems is engineered and designed to meet the NFPA 17A (Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems) requirements. Our local technicians and engineers are also certified installers keeping all our customers in compliance to NFPA 17A as well as NFPA 72 (National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code).

In the event of a discharge, the Kitchen Mister Systems will integrate the building’s Fire Alarm System (as per NFPA 17A and 72 standards) and will signal the Fire Alarm Panel which will then activate the necessary notification devices. This highly effective system is UL-300 (Underwriters Laboratories) approved and complies with NFPA-96 and NFPA-17A Standards. The system activates within 15 seconds if a fire flares and spreads, preventing a major fire from entering the hood and the ducting. Nozzles are positioned not only within the cooking hoods but also within the entry point to the ducting. Each Buckeye system is designed and engineered with these dangers in mind, so models are selected, and designated flow points are engineered to prevent any fire from spreading. Buckeye’s patented Shielded Cable Interface is used to connect a ½” conduit device, connecting a remote pull station to activate the system as well as lock off any gas valves that may feed the fire.

The Buckeye system offers the following benefits:

  • Uncomplicated system design, eliminating design and installation errors.
  • Installation time significantly reduced.
  • Innovative design eliminates conduit and corner pulleys.
  • Advanced detection system installs quickly and easily.
  • Colour-coded nozzles for easy identification.
  • Flexible piping requirements allow for unlimited system configurations.
  • Best Coverage in the industry.
  • Online face to face training.
  • But most of all the system is supported here locally by IRP Fire and Safety Ltd. certified technicians.

As business owners we must think responsibly and a ducting fire may spread to our neighbour’s restaurants or establishments. Once any ignition takes place, fuel (grease in the air vapours), oxygen and air movement provided by exhaust fans, will increase the severity of a fire and creates an unmanageable scenario that can ignite the entire building very quickly causing possible loss of life or property. Millions of dollars are lost every year which could easily be prevented, why chance that loss when we can install a suppression system to prevent a unexpected fire.

Trinidad & Tobago has seen fire incidents happen resulting in loss of life and significant property losses. We therefore cannot continue to disregard the possibility that one day we maybe the victims.

IRP Fire and Safety Ltd. have been in existence for 47 years and we plan to be here with you for many more. Please let us help you implement and design Fire Suppression Systems like the Kitchen Mister, hopefully this will help prevent any incidents from occurring in the near future.

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