Opening a restaurant is a risky business, especially if you’re opening it in a space where another restaurant previously existed. The biggest danger? In addition to all the financial risks, you may be moving into a space with an obsolete or poorly functioning fire suppression system!
If you’re opening a restaurant in a space where another restaurant formerly existed, it’s absolutely critical you have kitchen fire suppression system inspection. This is especially true if the space is about 10-15 years old – without a proper fire suppression system inspection, you simply have no idea of the state of the fire suppression system. Some things you’ll want to check for are:
Fire extinguishers – check to see the last time the fire extinguishers (which should be class K) were inspected and tagged. This is a good sign they have had their proper maintenance. If you can’t find the tag, or if it shows the extinguisher hasn’t been inspected in over a year, have it replaced.
Fire suppression system – the most important thing to look at on your fire suppression system is the fusible links. Fusible links are the primary triggers of kitchen fire suppression systems – basically heat from the fire causes them to melt, activating the system. Properly inspected links will be tagged and dated.
Grease and rust – obviously physical damage and decay is the easiest thing to check for when it comes to your kitchen fire suppression system. If you can see grease or rust covering the pipes, the kitchen hood, traps or anything else, this is a pretty sure sign the fire suppression system hasn’t been maintained in a long time.
If you’re planning on opening a restaurant in the Houston, Texas area, be sure to call Kauffman Co before you cook your steak or prepare the first bowl of soup! A Kauffman Co fire protection technician will walk through your kitchen and test your fire suppression system, making recommendations for any repairs, replacements or new installations you’ll need to help your restaurant be safe and successful. We can even inspect the system before you settle on the building so you’ll be fully aware of any additional costs you may incur prior to opening the restaurant.
Before you make plans to open your Houston, Texas restaurant, call Kauffman Co for a fire suppression system inspection today!
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