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Why Do We Need Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems?

According to the National Restaurant Association, over half of restaurant fires start in the kitchen so it is important to ensure that your business is following fire safety regulations to prevent harm to your customers, staff and premises. Specific kitchen fire suppression systems are being required more and more by insurance companies as they recognise that a kitchen is one of the major risks of fire/disaster and a potentially large claim.

How does kitchen fire suppression work?

Kitchen suppression systems are nozzles which can be placed under the cooker canopies or in adjacent cupboards so they are out of site and do not take up valuable space. If a fire was to occur, the nozzles would propel a water-based agent with a chemical foam type mix over the fire as soon as it’s detected, which is usually triggered by a heat link.

The kitchen suppression system protects a range of appliances, such as deep fat fryers, ovens, and hobs where hot oil is cooked. The system can also protect against devastation caused by more unlikely fires, such as the spontaneous combustion of tea towels when hung on oven doors, which happens to restaurants and hotels about 4 to 5 times a year.

The unlikely culprits of restaurant fires

Do only restaurants benefit from kitchen fire suppression?

No – they can also be installed in apartment buildings, schools, student housing, etc. In fact, any premises which has a kitchen with greasy appliances should install a kitchen fire suppression system. After all, investing in a kitchen fire suppression system is less expensive than repairing fire and smoke damage.

What are the advantages of using an ANSUL kitchen fire suppression?

  1. Easy to use and easy to recharge
  2. Doesn’t take long to clean up post-fire, allowing the kitchen to be re-opened sooner
  3. No damage as the existing agent is non-corrosive
  4. No electronics/electrical work on most systems


Can fire suppression be installed elsewhere?

YesFire suppression systems can discharge different chemicals for different applications, for example, data centers often have fire suppression systems to protect their important stored data. The fire is suppressed by releasing an agent onto the risk. This suppresses the fire by either reducing oxygen, chemical reaction with the atmosphere or cooling the fire.

Restaurant and bar fires hurt customers and employees, rack up enormous costs in damages, and kill the owner’s reputation. Is your establishment protected? Call us today on 0845 402 3045 or email

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