KITCHEN HOOD FIRE SUPPRESSION

Semi annual inspection of your fire suppression hood systems is required by law to make suer that workers and the general public is safe. KORD Fire protection can help make sure that your systems is always in compliance with all local and county laws.

When you hire KORD Fire Protection your hiring the best technicians that want to make sure that your hood systems is in good working order.

None compliance can mean a fine or the temporary closing of your business that can cost more that hiring consistent reliably fire protection services.

 

MINIMALLY A HOOD SYSTEMS INSPECTION & CERTIFICATION WILL INCLUDE

  • System cylinder meets NFPA codes
  • Check proper placement for proper coverage of cooking appliances
  • The hazard protected has not changed from the last inspection.
  • Gas valve automatic shut-off function check
  • Inspection  of system actuation mechanisms
  • Verification of discharge nozzle
  • Check proper placement for proper coverage of cooking appliances

Serving the Los Angeles Area for over 20 years

We offer an extensive line of portable fire extinguishers for homes and businesses, wheeled fire extinguishers and specialized fire extinguishers.

Hydrostatic testing is required for fire extinguishers, fire hoses and other cylinders by law after the unit has been in use for an amount of time prescribe by law.

Fire Suppression services include any systems from a foam fire Suppression systems for an aircraft hanger to a restaurant fire Suppression hood system.

Fire sprinkler services should be installed in all commercial buildings. Some older buildings will require fire sprinklers to be installed during renovations.

We have a large selection of fire hoses, fire hoses systems and cabinets for any application. We also hydro-test fire hoses to make sure they are ready when you need them.

Our fire pump services include installation of new fire pumps and repair of your fire pump systems. We are able to troubleshoot any technical deficiency you may have and emergency service is available.

We offer the installation and repair of all emergency lights and are regulation 4 certified. We have 24 hour emergency services to make sure that your building has emergency lights that are operational.

AED, CPR and first aid services bring the protection of your clients and/ or employees full circle. Companies should have one person who is CPR certified and larger corporations should consider having an AED device.

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FIRE CODES & STANDARDS

All businesses should have knowledge of fire codes and laws for your area. If you have any questions about these laws please check this section and you can also give us a call for clarity.

Specialization in business sectors for fire protection services is important. We will submit proposals for large projects an excite your corporate or governmental specifications.

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FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

The Fire Protection industry is evolving with new innovations. If your company desires the best of the best fire protection systems with technological advancements call Kord Fire Protection.

Fire Alarm & Fire Sprinkler service is the foundation of all fire protection systems in the commercial sector. Your fire alarm systems should have 24 hour monitoring.

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The Best Kitchen Fire Suppression System For Your Restaurant

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Given the often razor-thin margins of restaurant operations, foregoing the cost and inconvenience of installing, maintaining, and/or updating a restaurant fire suppression system may appeal to many restaurant owners. This is especially true if and when local restaurant fire safety code does not require that an existing kitchen suppression system is a compliant UL 300 f ire suppression system. The chances of being one of the 0.8-1.1% of restaurants that actually experience an accidental or uncontrolled fire requiring intervention from the local fire department each year may feel slim [1, 2]. By comparison, the financial burden of installing and maintaining the best-fit and most effective kitchen hood fire suppression system may feel unjustifiably high.

Consequently, many restaurants do not currently have a well-maintained (regularly cleaned and tested) UL 300 compliant kitchen suppression system [3]. Those restaurants that do install a UL 3 00 fire suppression system seldom do so voluntarily (due to inconsistent and slow adoption of UL 300 mandates at both a national- and state-level) [4]. Yet neglecting to install/update and maintain a UL 300 fire suppression system as an essential part of restaurant fire safety planning is a high-stakes gamble, with not only property damage, but also personnel and customer safety and operational abilities at risk. Keep reading to find out more about why the risks of an insufficient, outdated, or under-maintained kitchen suppression system are not worth the wait — or contact [Company Name] today to get an estimate or schedule an appointment for installing, cleaning/testing, or upgrading your r estaurant fire suppression system.

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Why A Well-Maintained, Modern Restaurant Fire Suppression System Is Worth The Investment

Some statistics concerning restaurant fire safety seem to support the idea that having a

fire-related emergency in a commercial kitchen would not cost much more than installing an appropriate kitchen hood fire suppression system. The average financial loss associated with restaurant fires is $22,540 -- less than the average loss incurred by other types of food/eating establishments (like bars) and about twice the cost of a top-of-the-line kitchen hood fire suppression system [5]. Yet this data is biased, as it includes the costs incurred by restaurants whose poorly-maintained or out-of-date kitchen suppression systems still semi-effectively contained the fire.

Anecdotally, fires where an unclean kitchen suppression system quashes the visible fire in the kitchen often still require fire department intervention. Firefighters usually need to extinguish secondary fires or kindling-chains within the hood and vent system, as the primary fire ignites built-up grease and creosote in the vent [6]. In suchcases, restaurants tend to suffer about

$5,000 in financial damages to the kitchen suppression system itself [6]. In cases where no restaurant fire suppression system is present at the time of a kitchen fire, surveyed businesses have incurred up to $10 million in building and equipment damages [6].

In addition to the dramatic increase in financial risk that comes with having an inadequate r estaurant fire suppression system, restaurateurs choosing to put restaurant fire safety equipment on the back-burner also are at a significantly increased risk of damaging their reputation and relationship with the community. Not only are restaurant fires more likely to

cause customer injuries than fires in any other nonresidential building, but they also lead to prolonged closures for repair [1]. Following an uncontrolled (newsworthy) kitchen fire, restaurants may be closed for repairs for years, with many failing to even publicize a timeline for reopening before the event fades from the local news cycle. As a result, as many as 70% of restaurants will either not reopen at all or fail within the first three years of operation following an uncontrolled fire event [7].

The Additional Cost Of A UL 300 Fire Suppression System Is Well Justified

Though there are significant upfront costs associated with installing any commercial-grade kitchen hood fire suppression system, high cost does not always equal high quality; not every wet-agent kitchen suppression system is UL 300 certified. In commercial kitchen fires where the k itchen hood fire suppression systemis out-of-date, the wet suppression agent in the system is often either unreleased (due to mechanical malfunction) or insufficient for the control of fires in modern high-efficiency cooking equipment. As a result, restaurants with out-of-date kitchen suppression systems incur greater-than-average damages, up to $1.75 million [6].

This is because fires involving modern, high-efficiency cooking equipment can need as much as five times more fire suppression agent than older models, making fires started by or that spread to these pieces of equipment dramatically more difficult to extinguish (using an outdated kitchen s uppression system) than fires involving similarly outdated equipment [8]. Moreover, it is vastly more difficult to prevent flash and reflash fires in high-efficiency cooking equipment, like deep fat fryers, as the involved oils ignite at lower temperatures [8, 9 ]. Installing (and maintaining) a UL300 fire suppression system can reduce the risk of inadequate fire suppression response.

How A Restaurant Fire Suppression System Reduces Risk

It may at first seem unlikely that you will experience a fire-related emergency at your restaurant, especially if you generally follow fire code and have at least some degree of restaurant fire safety planning and training for kitchen employees. Nevertheless, uncontrolled and accidental fires in commercial kitchens and restaurants are remarkably common. Fire departments have responded to as many as 5,600-7,410 restaurant fires each year in the last decade, and experts note that the number of unreported commercial kitchen fires (like those effectively quashed by a functional kitchen suppression system) likely dwarfs the number reported [1, 2 , 10].

The fact of the matter is: cooking causes nearly one-third of all nonresidential fires and cooking equipment, itself, is responsible for nearly two-thirds of restaurant fires and nearly 40% of fire-related property damage in restaurants [5  ,  2]. Restaurants with poorly maintained and out-of-date fire suppression systems take unnecessary risks in the event that a fire does occur in the kitchen, as both empirical and anecdotal evidence concerning restaurant fire safety unanimously support the conclusion that a well-maintained kitchen hood fire suppression system is essential to controlling and extinguishing uncontrolled and accidental kitchen fires.

Having even a functional kitchen suppression system in place will not prevent fires (nearly one-quarter are the result of improper equipment cleaning, with other common causes including grease ignition and unintentional/careless actions near the point of ignition) [2, 1]. Yet, even in the absence of any additional sprinkler-based restaurant fire suppression system, restaurants with a functional kitchen suppression system incur fewer damages to property, personnel, financial stability, and community standing than those with inoperative, poorly-maintained, insufficient, or missing suppression systems. Experts further note that unreported fires most likely most often occur where restaurants with a well-maintained UL 300 fire suppression system can immediately and efficiently extinguish even high-efficiency fires, as a modern kitchen suppression system is designed to handle the stresses of modern commercial kitchen activity [10].

Upgraded Restaurant Fire Safety Equipment Is Not Enough: The Best Kitchen Suppression System Requires The Best Installation & Maintenance

Working with a certified, knowledgeable restaurant fire suppression system provider is essential to achieving and preserving the insular effect of investing in a high-quality restaurant fire suppression system. As noted previously, when a kitchen suppression system is insufficiently cleaned, tested, and maintained, the risk of an uncontrolled and costly fire event increase significantly. Moreover, even the best qualitykitchen hood fire suppression system cannot be effective if it is not installed correctly with respect to both ideal operating specs and proximity to high-risk kitchen and cooking equipment (based on equipment layout, operational behaviors, and traffic).

Consequently, working with a highly knowledgeable and experienced restaurant fire suppression system provider, like Kord Fire Protection, most significantly minimizes the risk of uncontrolled fire events and their associated costs and consequences. Additionally, Kord Fire Protection certified kitchen suppression system technicians remain available for the testing and overall maintenance of any restaurant fire suppression system we install, helping to continuously mitigate one of thegreatest risks to your restaurant business’s success. Call Kord Fire Protection today to get an estimate or schedule an-appointment for installing a new system today.

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Structure Fires in Eating and Drinking Establishments Fact Sheet

During 2010-2014, an estimated average of 7,410 structure fires in eating and drinking establishments were reported to U.S. fire departments each year. 

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Why More Than 8,000 Restaurants Catch Fire Every Year

Grease fires, gas leaks, and faulty wiring lead to more than $200 million in property damage annually

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Nonresidential Building Fires (2014-2016)

These topical reports are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System. 

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