Do you manage or own a restaurant or commercial kitchen? Things can get hectic—between scheduling employee schedules, managing food vendors, updating the menu with the season and trends, and keeping your customers happy, there can sometimes be little time for administrative tasks. But one thing you shouldn’t overlook is having your kitchen hood extinguishing system inspected by a professional fire protection company. Continue reading “Importance of Scheduling Your Kitchen Hood Inspections” »
Due to the combination of large crowds, the high concentration of combustible materials, and the presence of ignition sources, fire is definitely a concern in movie theaters. While movie theater fires tend to be less deadly than those that break out in other types of facilities, even a single fatality is a tragedy. The National Fire Protection Association points out some dates of significant movie theater fires from the past: Continue reading “Fire Protection Systems & Services for Theaters” »
Fires can devastate whatever building they ignite in. As a strip mall owner, do you have the necessary precautions in place to protect each vendor’s employees and customers? Consider these incidents reported by the National Fire Protection Association regarding fires in strip malls: Continue reading “Fire Protection Systems for Strip Malls” »
A fire is one of the most devastating things that can happen to your retail store. Uncontrolled flames can beat even the best fire fighters if you don’t have the necessary fire protection systems in place. Consider the following events reported by the National Fire Protection Agency: Continue reading “Fire Protection for Retail Stores” »
Imagine this: you’re working at your desk when a spark jumps from an electrical outlet into your trash can, setting it ablaze. You jump up, grab a fire extinguisher, and use the skills from your company’s fire extinguisher training to quickly and efficiently put out the fire. When the extinguisher is empty, you stand there, triumphant, reflecting on the disaster that you just prevented. Then suddenly, something clicks in your head and you realize that you’ve just sprayed mildly corrosive chemicals all over your office and need to clean it up right away!
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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets the standards for fire protection systems and measures in commercial buildings. When it comes to your fire sprinkler system, the NFPA 25 is the standard for inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems and “compliance helps maximize integrity to avoid failure and ensure fast, effective response in a fire emergency.” Continue reading “Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance Checklist” »
Fire prevention is a serious concern for commercial buildings. Because of this, fire alarms are one of the most critical systems in terms of building safety and code compliance. However, like most other building components, your fire alarm system won’t last forever. Is it time for you to upgrade your fire alarm system? Learn to recognize the signs that your fire alarm is nearing the end of its useful lifespan. Continue reading “When Should I Upgrade My Commercial Fire Alarm System?” »
If you own a restaurant or other business with a commercial kitchen, you must abide by UL 300. If you’re not familiar with this fire testing standard, now is the time to learn the specific requirements and make sure your commercial kitchen is up to code and safe for your employees and patrons. Continue reading “What Is UL 300?” »
Because of the risks associated with food preparation—open flames, grease traps, stored flammable products—restaurants are at a higher risk of fire than other types of businesses. The high number of people in a centralized area further increases the risk of employee or customer injury in a restaurant fire. These considerations make it clear that you can’t overlook the importance of fire suppression in restaurants.
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UL 864 has been the “Standard for Control Units and Accessories for Fire Alarm Systems” since 1948. Over the years, new editions have made slight changes to the standard. However, the most recent Ninth Edition made approximately 300 revisions to the standard and added 100 new pages of requirements to UL 864.
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