March 2014

A restaurant kitchen is the ideal place for a fire to do its most devastating work. Combining deep fryers and gas grills with cooking oils and grease, can bring about instant and ugly combustion. Having fire suppression systems in place can confine fires quickly and minimize the damage. Having a chemical fire suppression system which is inadequate or poorly maintained can spell total loss.

Fire Basics

There are fire extinguisher systems of many kinds which are meant to take away one or more of the key elements to a fire – fuel, high temperature, and oxygen – thereby making it impossible for the fire to continue. A water fire extinguisher system such as a sprinkler system cools the temperature, killing the flames. However, if there is oil or grease present – as there would be in a kitchen fire – the water from the sprinkler system will float atop the oil, making it impossible to cool the flames or smother the fire. For this reason, a chemical fire extinguisher system is essential to control kitchen fires.

A Water Sprinkler System Isn’t Enough

A water sprinkler system is an important part of your fire suppression system, but a wet chemical system is equally important. As mentioned above, in a grease-fueled fire, it’s essential to smother the fire with foam or other chemicals to remove the fire’s access to oxygen. When you consult with a fire safety expert, such as those at Fuller Fire and Safety, you can learn about the best way to keep your kitchen fire from spreading. This often means installing a wet chemical system in vents, hoods and ducts. This also means that regular inspections and servicing of your system is critical.

Maintenance is Essential

Once you’ve installed your fire control systems, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that a professional system properly installed will be 96 to 99 percent effective in suppression of fires. Of course, these systems must be properly installed and professionally maintained if they are to continue to protect you, your patrons, and your property. In matters as deadly as fire, it simply makes sense to leave the details to the professionals. In the Columbus, Georgia area, the professionals to turn to can be found at Fuller Fire and Safety.

The restaurant industry is exhausting. You must worry daily about advertising, labor and food costs, not to mention the quality of your product and your service. By relying on safety specialists, you can check fire safety off your list of things to wring your hands over. You have enough to do already.

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In the greater Columbus, Georgia area, Fuller Fire and Safety is the leader in commercial and residential safety and security systems. From fire alarm systems to burglar alarms, we’ve been providing service and protection to folks in this area for over 30 years. We are experts in the prevention of fires, with extensively trained designers, sprinkler fitters and technicians to keep your home and business safer. We’ve earned a stellar reputation because safety and security is what we sell.

Do You Need Fire Extinguishers in Your Home?

Absolutely. No matter how many alarms and sprinklers you may have, fires happen every day. By having fire extinguishers in your kitchen, garage, and other locations around your home, you can stop an accidental fire before it can do serious damage. You remember from elementary school science class, fires must have each of three elements; fuel, oxygen and heat, in order to burn. Today’s fire extinguishers come in three basic kinds. Each type is designed to stop the flames by taking away one or more of the elements a fire needs to burn.

  • Water Extinguishers – These extinguishers use regular tap water and pressurized air to spray the flames, removing heat.
  • Dry Chemical Extinguishers – These devices use foam or powders like bicarbonate of soda, baking soda, to coat the fuel which separates it from its oxygen source, thereby smothering the fire.
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extinguishers – Carbon Dioxide is a non-flammable gas which is also heavier than oxygen. Devices of this kind spray highly pressurized CO2 gas on the flames. Because the gas is so cold, and heavier than oxygen, CO2 separates the fuel from the flames eliminating the heat at the same time.

Care and Maintenance is Critical

Just as a fire alarm system with a dead battery won’t save your family when a fire breaks out in the middle of the night, neither will an improperly maintained fire extinguisher suppress flames. It is essential that these devices be regularly inspected and maintained. That’s where we come in. Fuller Fire and Safety has been engaged in the business of home inspections, fire suppression, and maintenance of safety systems for nearly half of the past century. The Columbus, GA area is much safer because we’re here to sell, regularly inspect and service your fire extinguishers in order to keep you and yours safe in the event of an accidental fire.

The safety of your family and your home should never be taken for granted. In a matter of moments, these precious assets can be taken forever from you if the safety systems to protect them are not in place. Call Fuller Fire and Safety to schedule a home safety inspection today.

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