Nickell Fire Protection, Inc. - San Jose CA

Serving the Bay Area since 1980

Restaurant and Industrial Systems

Restaurant Fire Safety Systems - San Jose CA At Nickell Fire Protection we are experienced in working with the Ansul fire suppression products. Commercial kitchens and restaurants are designed for high traffic, with a large amount of heat and open flames. Due to the number of sources of fire more robust fire protection systems are required.

Anyone working in a restaurant or cafeteria is used to seeing the kitchen hoods as well as the suppression systems. These systems are vital to protecting your customers, your staff, and your business from fire hazards. If you are a new business in need of a full installation of a new system or your six-month semi-annual inspection we will handle it quickly and hassle-free.

As an owner, there are some things you will want to do to reduce your risks from fire damage. First, keep all of your kitchen equipment free of grease build-up by ensuring a proper cleaning schedule. Always run your exhaust system while the stove is hot. This includes periods where your stoves are pre-heating and cooling. Always ensure your filters and clean, and in place with unrestricted air intake passages for the exhaust system. Never use a flammable solvent or cleaner for cleaning appliances or hoods. Finally, never block your fire suppression discharge nozzles, and never move appliances without consulting an authorized service company. It is vital that your fire suppression system be clean and able to quickly put out any fires.

For a semi-annual inspection, we test all areas of the equipment. It is vital employees have the area cool and not in use. Employees should be aware of the fire inspection date so that all equipment is ready to be inspected. During the inspection, the fire alarm system will be disabled and extra care should be taken. Always make sure your staff is fully aware that tests will be run, and the normal systems will be unavailable.

The tests themselves are fairly straightforward. First, we test the gas valve, and then disable the gas or electrical system. Once everything is off we begin a full inspection and test of the internal mechanics of the system. From there we simulate a fire to test the system electronically responds properly. During this process, we do not actually activate the system ensuring there will be no damage and minimal disruption to your business. Once the tests are complete you will be able to quickly resume food preparation. Finally, we will provide thorough documentation of the successful tests for your records. This includes properly marked tags on the equipment, notes of any repairs or problems, as well as a Commercial Cooking System Service and Inspection Report left on-site and sent to the local fire department for your convenience.

Kitchen Suppression System

Restaurant and commercial kitchens require their own set of safety considerations — after all, they’re a commonplace for open flames, high heat and potential fires. Restaurant kitchen hood fire suppression systems require a semi-annual inspection to ensure top performance — and safety — for employees and customers alike.

Inspecting restaurant kitchen hood fire protection systems for proper function requires more than just a visual overview or a system test. Proper maintenance from a factory authorized, trained service technician is essential for compliance and warranty.

Owner’s role

By observing some fundamental rules, you can greatly reduce the risk of serious fire damage.

  • Keep all kitchen equipment free of grease build-up
  • Always run the exhaust system during appliance preheat, cooking and cooling
  • Never operate exhaust systems without filters in place
  • Never restrict air intake passages for the exhaust system
  • Never use flammable solvents or cleaners on appliances or hoods
  • Never block fire suppression discharge nozzles with pans, shelves or other objects
  • Perform regular grease removal from the hood, filters and duct system
  • Never move or reconfigure appliances without consulting an authorized service company first
  • Inspect your system semi-annually as required, with an authorized service provider
Before the inspection date

Always make sure that all staff members are aware of the scheduled date and time of the service and inspection. Cooking equipment must be cool and not in use prior to the inspection. Notify anyone who could be involved or effected. Also, make sure that everyone present at the location is aware that fire alarm must be taken out of service during the service and inspection time period.

Here’s what to expect from your authorized service provider

The fire alarm and monitoring system must be taken out of service to avoid false alarm activation during the service and inspection period.

The inspection and service process

Service Technicians will perform the following:

  • Visually inspect appliance location and layout for nozzle coverage
  • Visually inspect all surface, duct, and plenum nozzles
  • Verify there are no signs the system has been activated or tampered with
  • Check pressure gauges for proper PSI
  • Take system out of service to avoid discharge of agent
  • Test the detection line by cutting a fusible link
  • Change fusible links twice a year as required fire safety
  • Replace protective blow-off caps as needed
  • Test proper operation of gas shutoff valve(s)
  • Test proper operation of microswitch(s)
  • Test proper operation of the remote pull station
  • Verify activation of system activates fire alarm system
  • Check for system 12 Year test dates
  • Document any discrepancies and need for repairs
  • Verify distributor emergency contact information is on system
  • Inspection and service tag properly completed and attached to the system
  • Put the cooking system back into service
  • Verify the fire alarm system is placed back into operation
After the inspection: Documentation

Upon final approval and completion of the inspection and service, your service technician will provide documentation of compliance.

Documentation should include:
  • New properly marked service tag on equipment
  • Notes of any repairs that were made
  • Notes of any discrepancies that need to be addressed
  • A Commercial Cooking System Service and Inspection Report left on-site and sent to the local fire department

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