What To Ask A Fire Protection Company

Most of the time, we like to share blogs that give you free advice. Just some things that you don’t need to go out of your way to ask us about, or that if you did – would be wisdom that we’d give out for free. But occasionally, your problems or issues go beyond mere inquiry and seep into the area of ‘I need help!’ 

And when you have issues in your commercial space – you’ll clearly want to employ the help of a professional fire service company. But where do you start? What kinds of questions do you ask? 

If you seemingly know almost everything except where to start, then today’s blog is for you. Here are a few things you should ask any potential fire protection company before you hire them. Let’s jump right in! 

What services do you provide?

What kinds of fire protection systems you have or need will go a long way towards determining which fire protection company you go with. Some companies specialize in certain areas over others. Some only work with commercial businesses. Some only work with residential fire safety. Some dabble in both. 

So when you sit down for your first conversation, ask the company what they offer and what they feel they specialize in. Then, it’s simply a matter of inventorying the companies that have the capabilities to meet your needs the best. 

How much experience do you have?

The amount of experience a company has lets you know that the business you’re about to engage with has a long, extended track record. Bad businesses go away quickly, and the longer that business has been around, the more likely they are to be reputable and have some sort of calling card. 

What organizations and certifications do you belong to and have?

Being in the fire safety business isn’t just a matter of tacking up some fire extinguishers to the wall and sending an invoice. Believe it or not, it’s an ongoing, ever-evolving industry with new technology and new codes to grapple with all the time. To keep up, we like to join many organizations – like the NFPA, FSSA, and the NAFED. Long story short – it takes a lot of time, knowledge, and effort to be a leader in this field, and involvement in these sorts of organizations is a good sign that the company you’re potentially going to do business with is dedicated to their craft. 


Let us say this in the clearest possible terms: Fire safety is not a joke and should never be taken lightly. Our company (and many others) emphasize quality and service. We all want a fair deal, but just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it offers you the best value. 

Before selecting a fire protection company, be sure to consider all factors and make an informed decision. Be safe, and feel free to reach out to us anytime to discuss your life safety needs.

All About Class K Fire Extinguishers

One common blind spot that we encounter when dealing with our clients is that many of them are surprised to know that there are significant differences between different kinds of fire extinguishers. Most are surprised to learn that extinguishers aren’t some sort of universal tool.

The reality is that there are fire extinguishers of all sorts of shapes and sizes – but most important – the chemical mixtures inside them dictates what kinds of fires they can extinguish. Knowing the differences among extinguishers is important – specifically if you own a commercial space like a restaurant or kitchen. 

One of the more common types of fire extinguishers are called “Class K” extinguishers and you’ll see them in restaurants and commercial kitchens. But what do they do? What kinds of fires can they fight? That’s what we’re here to discuss today.

Here’s everything that you should know about Class K fire extinguishers. Let’s jump right in!

What’s A Class K Fire?

Class K fires are started by things like flammable cooking liquids like oil or grease. These are particularly volatile substances as they are capable of igniting and spreading quickly. They’re commonly seen in commercial kitchens, restaurants – but can also be found in places like food trucks, cafeterias and any place where food is sold en masse. If you own a business or have a business with one of these kinds of spaces, then you’ll want to make sure you have a Class K fire extinguisher equipped. 

So How Does The Class K Extinguisher Fight These Fires?

Class K extinguishers use special agents that simultaneously separate and absorb the hot elements of the fire – things like the fuel and the oxygen. Class K extinguishers are filled with a mixture of potassium based chemicals that mix in with cooking grease and create a blanket that not only cools the liquid, but also blocks oxygen, thereby extinguishing the fire. Don’t ever try to extinguish Class K fires with water as it’ll only make things worse. 

Is Your Kitchen Prepared For The Worst?

Along with having Class K extinguishers at the ready, you should also have some sort of fire suppression system installed by a licensed fire protection company. This makes sure there’s proper design, installation and inspections occurring. You should also train your employees in what to do if there’s ever an emergency – from clearing spaces to using the extinguishers themselves. And of course, prevention should always be top of mind so that employees learn how to avoid situations that lead to fires in the first place. 

Hopefully, these tips bring your fire safety needs into a little bit clearer focus. Whatever the needs are for your commercial kitchen, you can give us a call.