UL 300 Fire Suppression Systems

UL 300 Fire Suppression Systems for Restaurant Kitchens

UL 300 Compliance

It’s time to take a radical stance on restaurant fire safety.

Automatic fire suppression systems for commercial kitchen hoods—called “restaurant systems” in the fire protection industry—have been required to comply with Standard UL 300 since 1994. Older non-UL 300 systems are not designed to handle fires in modern kitchens, and keeping one of these systems in place typically costs more than upgrading to a modern model. Despite these facts, a dwindling handful of commercial kitchen operators continue to hold onto their old systems. With 7,600 restaurant fires occurring annually in the US, that’s a poor bet to take. Click below to learn more.

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The Most Common Misconception About Security Cameras

 

security camera can't see license plate on taxi

 

Today, I interviewed Peter Wood, owner of Trico Security in Broadview Heights, Ohio, “I asked, what is the most common sales question you hear?”

His reply: “Will I be able to read license plates with this security system?”

Today, we’ll dive deeper into the question and give you clarity on what type of options businesses have.

 

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17 Questions (And Answers) About Kitchen Hood Cleaning

Hood Cleaning picture from ABCO Fire Protection

I interviewed Allen Walker, a former hood cleaner turned manager, and I got to learn pretty much everything I ever needed to know about kitchen hood cleaning.
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What Happens During a Fire Sprinkler Inspection?

Fire Sprinkler Inspection - ABCO Fire Protection
 
Have you ever wondered what happens during a fire sprinkler inspection? If so, this post is for you.
Today, I sat down with Scott Rose, a 22+ year veteran in fire protection, and we talked about what goes into a fire sprinkler inspection.
Scott got right into it…“Well it depends if it’s a wet or dry sprinkler system”.
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Annual Fire Extinguisher Service – What Actually Happens?

Annual Fire Extinguisher Service
 
You would expect an annual fire extinguisher inspection to be the same no matter which fire protection company does it.
After being in the industry for 17+ years, our lead technician, Jeff Narraway has seen the good and the bad when it comes to annual fire extinguisher service.
Today, we’ll show you everything that goes into the inspection, a video of Jeff going through an example annual inspection, as well as details about each step.
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What Goes into a Security System at a High School?

CCTV Installation at a Lakewood Ohio High School

 

I joined CCTV/Access Control Installation Specialist Matthew Henely as we met on the campus of St. Edward’s High School in Lakewood, Ohio.

Today, the goal is to add one new camera to an existing network by obtaining a license, and then installing the new camera overlooking an entrance.

But first, I had to get a tour, so let me show you some of the existing security equipment that was installed on this project.

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9 Events That Happen During a Fire Alarm Inspection

 
Joe-Petrich-ABCO-Fire-Alarm-Technician-performing-a-fire-alarm-inspection
 
Today, we are going to run through a typical fire alarm inspection. Let’s cover from start to finish, what will happen when a fire protection company inspects your fire alarm system.
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The Ultimate Guide to Restaurant Fire Suppression Systems

chef giving the "ok" sign with a restaurant fire suppression system in the background
 
So, you went for a walk, and you wondered “If I ever decide to open a new restaurant, how would I even get started? I’m sure there are regulations to follow, papers to submit, etc.”
Today, I’m going to go through how one would open a new restaurant, as well as the fire protection issues and options that will arise.
What we’ll cover today is:

  • What happens before you open your doors?
  • How do you stay legal fire protection-wise moving forward?
  • What happens during a restaurant fire suppression inspection?
  • What insights are important in choosing the right fire protection company?
  • What’s the future of restaurant fire suppression?

Let’s begin!
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Why You Should Convert to a Nitrogen Fire Suppression System

 
nitrogen technician inspecting a pipe for a nitrogen fire suppression system
 
We ran into a case where a company had a leaking dry fire suppression system. For months and months, they fixed the problem with repairs. However, when is the right time for a total system replacement?
And what should the replacement be?
Today we’ll look at a real-life project of someone who had a struggling dry fire suppression system, who after careful thought and analysis, was suggested to convert to a nitrogen fire suppression system.
Let’s dive in:
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4 of the Newest Fire Alarm Technologies

Fire alarm technician testing the fire alarm system
 
Fire alarms have been around forever.
In fact, the first alarm was invented in 1852  by Dr. William F. Channing and Moses Farmer. Their fire alarm included two boxes, each containing a telegraphic key with a handle. When someone detected a fire, they would crank the handle, which would then relay the details of the fire alarm box number to a central alarm station. The operator at the station would receive the message, which would then be forwarded to the fire department.
Advances in technology have helped fire alarm systems:

  • notify authorities quicker
  • accurately detect non-visible, yet devastating gases
  • notify the blind
  • provide escape directions

Technology is great, huh?
Let’s dive into each of these fire alarm technologies and how they are helping our world become a safer place:
 
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