Information for Insurance Agencies

Fire Code Regulations

Bison Fire Protection regularly keeps its clients updated on changes to the fire safety code, providing both fire protection system upgrades as requested, and information on necessary upgrades.

 

 

Benefits to Insurance Agencies

Our technicians and support staff can be called upon to deliver expert knowledge of fire code regulations, assessments of fire protection system suitability, and suggested plans of action for upgrading or system replacement.

Information for Insurance Agencies

Bison Fire Protection has developed a Continuing Education Program for the Insurance Industry focused specifically on Commercial Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems.

 The program usually presented as a “lunch and learn” covers the following areas;

  • Major system manufacturers
  • Technician training
  • ULC Code requirements
  • NFPA Code requirements
  • Liabilities
  • Wet chemical versus dry chemical
  • K-Class extinguishers

For more information on this program or to book our trainer please contact us at info@bisonfire.com

 

Helpful Definitions

Regulations can be confusing – Bison Fire Protection aims to help our customers by making sure the information we give you is easy to understand.

For each of the definitions below, be aware that:

  • shall - Indicates a mandatory requirement.
  • Trained – One who has undergone the instructions necessary to safely design and install and reliably perform the maintenance and recharge service.
  • Qualifications - Only persons properly trained shall be considered competent to design, install, and service dry chemical systems / pre-engineered wet chemical systems.

NFPA-96: Ventilation Control of Commercial Cooking Operations

  • Automatic fire extinguishing systems shall comply with standard UL300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Restaurant Cooking Areas, or other equivalent standards and shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of the listing.
  • Installation of systems shall be performed only by persons properly trained and qualified to install the specific system provided.
  • The installer shall provide certification to the authority having jurisdiction that the installation is in agreement with the terms of the listing and the manufacturer’s instructions and/or approved design.
  • Maintenance of the fire-extinguishing systems and listed exhaust hoods containing a constant or fire-activated water system that is listed to extinguish a fire in the grease removal devices, hood exhaust, and exhaust ducts shall be made by a properly trained, qualified, and certified person(s) or company acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction at least every six months.

NFPA-17: Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems

  • Installation of systems shall be performed only by persons properly trained and qualified to install the specific system being provided. The installer shall provide certification to the authority having jurisdiction that the installation is in complete agreement with the terms of the listing and the manufacturer’s instructions and/or approved design.
  • Approval of Installations. The completed system shall be tested by qualified personnel. The tests shall determine that the system has been properly installed and will function as intended. Only listed equipment and devices shall be used in these systems.
  • A trained person who has undergone the instructions necessary to perform the maintenance and recharge service reliably and has the applicable manufacturer’s installations and maintenance manual and service bulletins shall service the dry chemical fire-extinguishing system at intervals not more than 6 months apart.
  • All dry chemical extinguishing systems shall be inspected in accordance with the owner’s manual and maintained and recharged in accordance with the manufacturer’s listed installation and maintenance manual and service bulletins.

NFPA-17A: Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems

  • Approval of Installation. The completed systems shall be tested by trained personnel as required by the manufacturer’s listed installation and maintenance manual. The tests shall determine that the system has been properly installed and will function as intended.
  • The installer shall certify that the system has been installed in accordance with the approved plans and the manufacturer’s listed installation and maintenance manual.
  • A trained person who has undergone the instructions necessary to perform the maintenance and recharge service reliably and has the applicable manufacturer’s listed installation and maintenance manual and service bulletins shall service the wet chemical fire extinguishing systems 6 months apart.

 

Range Guard Manual States the following:

Before proceeding with any Range Guard system design, installation, or maintenance procedure, the requirements of this manual must be fully understood. Components not described in this manual are not recognized by Pyrene Corporation as Range Guard components and must NOT be used in the Range Guard System.

The Range Guard fire suppression system is to be installed, inspected and maintained by a Pyrene Authorized Range Guard distributor and in accordance with NFPA-17A, Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems, NFPA-96, Standard for Ventilation Control, and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, and this manual.

Kidde Manual States the following:

Before proceeding with any KIDDE system design, installation, or maintenance procedure, the requirements of this manual must be fully understood. Components not described in this manual are not recognized as KIDDE components and must NOT be used in the KIDDE system.

The KIDDE fire suppression system is to be installed, inspected and maintained in accordance with NFPA-17A, Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems, NFPA-96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, and this manual.

Ansul Manual States the following:

Design, installation, recharge, and maintenance of the system must conform to the limitations detailed in this manual and performed by an individual who attended an Ansul training program and became trained to install, recharge, design, and maintain the Ansul system.

Fire suppression systems are mechanical devices. They need periodic care. Maintenance is a vital step in the performance of your fire suppression system. As such it must be performed in accordance with NFPA-96 (Standard for the installation of Equipment for the Removal of Smoke and Grease-Laden Vapours from Commercial Cooking Equipment) And NFPA-17A (Standard on Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems) by an authorized Ansul distributor.

To provide maximum assurance that the fire suppression system will operate effectively and safely, maintenance must be conducted at six-month intervals, or earlier if the situation dictates. Twelve-year maintenance must include agent tank hydrostatic testing.

Proof of our Certification can be provided upon request, or by contacting the appropriate manufacturer listed in our links, above.

 

If you are not sure if your client’s needs meet code please feel free to contact us.