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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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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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.
Let’s run through the 17 questions I asked him about kitchen hood cleaning: Continue reading “17 Questions (And Answers) About Kitchen Hood Cleaning”
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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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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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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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?
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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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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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Do you know everything about fire extinguishers? Whether you’re a certified technician, or you have never used one, this short, five question quiz will test your knowledge.
The main goal of the quiz is for you to learn at least one new fact about fire extinguishers that you didn’t know before.
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