United Laboratories standard 300 (UL-300) is the standard by which commercial kitchen fire protection systems are inspected, and it applies to all systems manufactured after 1994. At National Hood Exhaust and Fire Group, we offer fire suppression system inspection in Pittsburgh wherein the first item on our checklist is to make sure that your system is UL-300 compliant.
A critical requirement of UL-300 is that restaurants use a fire suppression system that uses wet chemicals. As restaurants shifted away from using lard to vegetable oil, the potential risk changed due to the higher autoignition temperature of the oil compared to lard. Simply put, a vegetable oil fire is hotter and more difficult to extinguish. In Pittsburgh, systems, not UL-300 compliant must be replaced if the cooking media is changed and if cooking equipment itself is re-positioned or replaced.
The semi-annual inspection to keep your restaurant UL-300 compliant will include the following:
- The wet chemical fire suppression system must be inspected by a trained and certified fire protection company like National Hood Exhaust and Fire Group in Pittsburgh.
- The ductwork and any exhaust hoods are to be cleaned and maintained.
- Pipes and nozzles will be checked and cleaned of any accumulation of grease and oil that could lead to a blockage.
- Safety features such as a manual control for the suppression system and any electrical and gas shut-off are to be tested to ensure they are working correctly and that the seals are intact.
- A thorough visual examination is made of the complete system including the exhaust fans, microswitches, and hoods to check for any damage that might affect the system’s performance.
- Check that all maintenance tags and certificates are updated to satisfy any documentation requirements.
- Provide recommendations for areas that might need improvement to obtain UL-300 compliance.
A UL-300 compliant restaurant or commercial kitchen will have specific features to ensure an inspection free of any issues that might cause an interruption in business. Spray nozzles must be in any hoods over any cooking area or appliance. The fire suppression system must have a pull station in the kitchen that is easy to reach in case the automatic system fails to deploy. All gas and electric appliances must have automatic shut-off valves. The wet chemical fire suppression system must have the capacity to smother any fire caused by vegetable oil ignition.
Any Pittsburgh area restaurant will also need the services of National Hood Exhaust and Fire Group for tasks of a more common nature to comply with UL-300 such as cleaning grease traps and baffle filters. Our team of experts can create a custom schedule for these tasks based on the type of restaurant and the expected number of diners.
National Hood Exhaust and Fire Group is a full service licensed and is nationally recognized for its “all in one service” to helping dining establishments remain clean and compliant with UL-300 mandates. Our team of experts will guide you through the inspection process and recommend ways to improve your operation if it falls short of any requirement. We serve all of Pittsburgh from your locally owned small diner to any large franchise chain.Fire Suppression System Inspection Pittsburgh