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Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems: Installation and Inspections

In a perfect world:

Marcy’s Restaurant has their kitchen fire suppression systems checked every six months. The fire marshal and insurance company love Marcy’s Restaurant. There had never been a fire in over 70 years.

In the real world:

Marcy’s Restaurant skipped their kitchen fire suppression system inspection. A fire marshal stopped by and fined them for not having their system regularly inspected. Marcy’s Restaurant kitchen caught fire and burned down the entire building. The insurance company refused to pay for any damages due to neglect. Marcy is now out of a job and in buried in debt.

Moral of the story:

Be like the perfect world Marcy.

Everyone loves the perfect world Marcy.

Continue reading below to learn more about installing and inspecting kitchen fire suppression systems at your Montana restaurant.

Cost to install a kitchen fire suppression system in Montana

The price to install a kitchen fire suppression system generally ranges from $1,500 to $5,000, depending on the size of the system.

What’s included in the cost?

  1. Blueprints that are presented to the fire marshal

  2. The kitchen suppression system (please contact us for more details if needed)

  3. Installation of the fire suppression system

Inspection frequency

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires restaurants to have their fire suppressions systems inspected every 6 months.

Keep in mind, this is the inspection for the fire suppression system, not the hood system. To learn about hood cleaning frequencies, click here.

What’s inspected?

At Cleaner Q | CQ Fire & Safety in Montana, our detailed fire suppression system inspections include:

  • Inspect nozzles for buildup

  • Replace nozzle caps

  • Ensure there’s no blockage in extinguishing lines

  • Cut the fusible links to see if the system activates

  • Install new links with the year stamped for proof to fire marshal and insurance companies

  • Check to make sure the pull station activates the system

  • Ensure the gas and electrical shuts off upon activation

What if I don’t get the required inspections?

So what if you skip an inspection… or two? Here’s what can happen:

  1. Your insurance may drop you and not cover damages if any occurred.

  2. The fire marshal may fine you.

  3. The fire marshal may force you to close your business.

Keep in mind, failure to have your systems regularly inspected is putting your employees and customers in danger.

To schedule a kitchen fire suppression installation or inspection, contact Cleaner Q | CQ Fire & Safety today at 406-697-4783.

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