Because it is a statistical fact that there are a lot of fires in commercial cooking facilities, Ansul Systems have changed to protect the modern kitchen. Having a good fire protection system in a restaurant or institutional cooking facility is more important than ever before.
In the last 10 years major developments have changed the ways of commercial cooking. Cooking equipment currently manufactured uses more efficient burners, resulting in much higher heating rates. More cooking is done with vegetable oil instead of animal fats. Vegetable oils have a much higher autoignition temperature. Fryers are now made with improved insulation that slows the cooling rate, but which also increases the risk of a re-flash in the event of fire.
The bottom line? Its much more important to have a good fire suppression system. At Reliable Fire Equipment we will provide you with the Ansul model R-102 liquid agent fire suppression system, or the 21st century generation Piranaha hood system.
The Ansul system is actuated by fusible links located above the cooking appliances. The links melt during a fire, causing cartridge to fire propelling gas into the Ansulex liquid agent tank. The distribution piping system carrys the agent to nozzles located above the cooking appliances, in the plenum above the filters, and in the duct above the plenum.
Service on your Ansul system is as important than the equipment itself. At Reliable Fire Equipment our technicians use a check list complete with 37 maintenance steps performed during the semi-annual service of your system. We offer 24 hour emergency recharge service.
When updating your Ansul System to the latest technology, be sure and change your fire extinguishers, too. Fire extinguishers designed specifically for kitchens are now available. Please note that changes by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to standard #10 now require this special "K Class" hand portable fire extinguisher in cooking areas. See our NFPA #10 Update for more information.
Chicago Metropolitan Code Requirements
Along with NPFA Standards, many local authorities having jurisdiction enforce local rules and codes. Interstate Publishing has available a directory of over 400 cities, villages, towns and unincorporated areas of Illinois, Northwestern Indiana and parts of Wisconsin. This directory is a compilation of pertinent information of codes and their governing inspectors. To view a sample page, and/or order the directory, visit their website at: www.interstatepublishing.com.
For additional assistance on the selection of your Ansul System, or for service on your existing equipment, complete our Survey Request Form and one of our professionals will contact you.
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