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Restaurant Ventilation Systems by Fireline

 When it comes to running a restaurant, there are many components that are involved. Owners need a proper dining area for guests to enjoy their meal, a welcoming lobby for guests to be greeted, and a well stocked and well equipped kitchen in order to prepare quality food for their guests. While proper appliances like stoves, ovens, and refrigerators are necessary to run a kitchen, they are not the most important pieces for a restaurant kitchen. In order to have a safe and functioning kitchen, a ventilation system must be in place. Without a proper ventilation system in your kitchen, your entire staff will be placed in a hazardous work environment, not to mention the lack of efficiency and performance from your appliances.

 

A ventilation system will allow air to circulate through your kitchen, remove smoke and exhaust from your kitchen, and prevent and stop fires in your kitchen. As you consider your ventilation systems for your restaurant kitchen, remember each component of the system.

  • Hood- There are two different types of kitchen hoods, depending on the type of appliance you are using in your kitchen. A heat exhaust hood allows smoke and fumes to be vented from the area. A grease hood allows the same thing, but incorporates slots to capture grease.

  • Exhaust Fan- An exhaust fan will allow proper ventilation throughout a commercial kitchen. Larger kitchens will require larger fans.

  • Make-up Air- As you allow air to circulate through your kitchen, you run the risk of pulling air from other service areas of your restaurant. Make-up air prevents this issue from occurring.

  • Fire Suppression System- If a fire should break out over a stove top, a fire suppression system will destroy the fire while also preventing the fire from spreading. The system is typically connected to the hood over your stove and will be set off by the excessive heat put out by the fire.

 

At Fireline, we offer fire prevention services for restaurant kitchens. We offer hood suppression systems along with other fire suppression systems for your restaurant kitchen. We also specialize in fire extinguishers, and sprinkler systems.

 

To find out more about the services Fireline can offer your restaurant kitchen, call us today at 800-553-3405. You can also request a proposal This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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http://www.seasidecourier.com/online_features/business_and_careers/commercial-ventilation-systems-what-every-restaurant-kitchen-needs/article_30728541-15a9-5189-a675-37155333bf18.html

Carbon Dioxide Suppression Systems

Carbon dioxide is a common compound for every living thing. Humans exhale carbon dioxide after taking a breath, plants take in carbon dioxide to produce oxygen. We have also learned how to use the compound of carbon dioxide in a number of different applications like dry ice, propellant, and power generation. Carbon dioxide is also used as a form of fire suppression.

 

The benefit of using carbon dioxide in fire suppression is that the compound is able to attack each point of the fire triangle; oxygen, heat, and fuel. Carbon dioxide depletes the amount of oxygen in the fire area while also cooling the area, helping to stop the open flame and kill the fire. Currently, carbon dioxide is used in two different applications when it comes to fire suppression:

 

  1. Total Flooding Application

  2. Local Application

 

 

The total flooding application is used to fill an enclosed hazard area with a carbon dioxide vapor to a certain concentration. It is best used with both deep-seated fires and surface fires. The local application is used on a smaller level and targets a “local” hazard. This application is best used during fires burning in a flammable gas or liquid. There are two different systems that use the application of carbon dioxide to suppress fires. They are:

 

  1. High Pressure Systems

  2. Low Pressure Systems

 

Fireline has specialized in carbon dioxide suppression systems for over 30 years. Considered a special hazards suppression system, Fireline provides the CO2 suppression system along with a number of other specialty suppression systems.

 

Interested in a carbon dioxide suppression system? Call the specialists at Fireline today at 1-800-553-3405. You can also This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to make a request for a service agreement proposal.

 

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http://www.nafed.org/whyco2

Pre-Action Sprinkler Systems

When it comes to deciding which sprinkler system to use in your facility, you have several options. It is useful to first evaluate the area in which the sprinkler system is going to be installed. This will help you determine what type of system you will need. One of the options for a sprinkler system in a facility that contains water sensitive material is a pre-action sprinkler system.

A pre-action sprinkler system is similar to some systems because it uses the same concept as a dry pipe system, meaning that the water for the sprinkler isn’t kept in the piping. The water for this system is instead held within a valve that is operated electronically. The operation of the valve is based on the detection of smoke, heat, or flames.

So how does a pre-action sprinkler system work in comparison to other systems? This sprinkler system runs on what you could consider a two-step process. Two separate events must take place in order for the sprinkler system to activate. One event that needs to happen in order for the sprinkler system to activate is the valve must detect a fire and then open. The second event that needs to happen is the separate sprinkler heads must release in order for water to flow through.

In some instances, most commonly found in freezer warehouses, nitrogen or pressurized air can be added to the piping to keep water in place should the valves be opened accidentally. This sprinkler system is useful in areas where its occupants are water sensitive, such as an office with lots of electrical equipment, because of the added level of protection against unintended activation. Should a “fire” be falsely detected, both steps must first work together in order for water to actually be released.

At Fireline, we specialize in the installation of Pre-Action Sprinkler Systems. We have been serving the residents of the Baltimore area in all of their sprinkler system needs since 1947, and we continue to grow and expand as new technology is discovered to improve the sprinkler system industry.

If you are in need of a Pre-Action Sprinkler System, call Fireline today at 800-553-3405 or click here for our full site.

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Source: http://www.vfpfire.com/systems-pre-action.php

How can Fire Alarms Improve my Building Safety?

 

Did you know most Americans never heard of smoke alarms until the 1960’s? Since then, smoke alarms are a fire safety requirement for both residential and commercial properties.

 

The smoke alarm law makes it mandatory that smoke alarms be installed in all new and existing properties for utmost fire and life safety. There are many benefits smoke alarms offer to the public as the fire alarm systems are low cost and highly effective.

 

Smoke alarms are one of the best early warning systems for fire protection and alerts. The design of smoke alarms grant building occupants the time to save their lives during a fire emergency because the early warning can give them the chance to escape a burning building.

 

It’s important to have smoke alarms properly installed and regularly maintained by a fire protection technician because you never know when a fire will happen. Fire fatalities are drastically reduced because smoke alarms are great fire safety features that tremendously prevent fire fatalities when integrated with high quality fire alarm systems, firestops and overall fire protection products.

 

Where should smoke alarms be installed?

 

Smoke alarms should be installed and tested on every level of a building to save lives from deadly gases. Remember, smoke rises and most fire related deaths are caused by smoke and toxic gases. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Most people do not die from fire burns. 60 to 80% of fire related deaths are caused by smoke inhalation injury that come from combusted products. Fortunately, fire-related deaths are preventable.

 

Every year in the United States, 2,755 people die from fires, but those lives can be saved when smoke alarms are properly used. Smoke masks and smoke hoodies on-site can also save lives in the event of a fire.

 

When you hear any type of smoke detector/ smoke alarm sounding off, you need to immediately evacuate. Anytime a smoke alarm goes off, people are in danger because the smoke alarm is detecting smoke and toxic fumes in the air. Once smoke and toxic fumes are in the air, the elements spread fast.

 

Fireline Corporation is here to help your building occupants escape quickly and safely in the event of a fire with our high quality smoke alarms and overall fire alarm systems.

 

Smoke alarms are one of the most affordable and effective ways to prevent fire injuries and save lives. The smoke alarms Fireline Corporation installs for commercial properties instantly trace smoke particles and gases. You can both ionization smoke alarms and photoelectric smoke alarms installed at your facility.

 

The ionization smoke alarms detect fire flames the quickest. The photoelectric alarms can effectively detect smoldering fires. Photoelectric are most effective in environments such as commercial kitchens and dormitories because the smoke alarm is not as sensitive to steam as ionization alarms.

 

Take a look at our smoke alarms, fire alarms, fire protection systems and fire protection products and services to get started on improving your fire safety today.

 

 

Source:

http://www.everylifesecure.com/2010/01/what-causes-most-fire-related-deaths-how-smoke-masks-and-smoke-hoods-can-prevent-more-than-2000-deat.html

http://www.mc.uky.edu/kiprc/fire/satips.htm

What is the value of a fully Integrated Emergency Communication System?

Earlier this month, Fireline hosted its fire alarm vendor, Notifier, for a seminar tailored to end users and engineers on Emergency Communication Systems (ECS).

Attendees wanted to know what ECS included and how it relates to the fire alarm system.  ECS is a way to communicate with people to give them specific instructions for emergency situations.  All too often we hear news reports of shootings or weather emergencies affecting communities.

Imagine taking your existing fire alarm system and adding features like being able to send customized voice messages to communicate with people, or picking up a microphone remotely with live streaming audio capability.  How about scrolling LED signage that displays information on what to do in the case of an emergency situation?

Notifier showed attendees that these components are already built into their fire alarm systems, making it easy to have ECS become a part of a facility’s emergency protocols.  A fire alarm system gives us a feeling of comfort knowing that we will be notified of a fire. Shouldn’t the same comfort level exist for all emergencies?

Fireline and Notifier have partnered on many installations of ECS in many large campuses in Maryland and DC.   The presentation was a great opportunity to show others the value of a fully integrated Emergency Communication System.

Read up on our Mass Notification Systems and Fire Protection Design and Engineering to learn how Emergency Communication Systems ( ECS) can benefit your facility.

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