One of the most important parts of any commercial kitchen is the fire protection system. This is, at first glance, a complex system consisting of many parts. These parts all work together to protect you, your staff and your property from the ravages of a kitchen fire.
One of the most important pieces in the entire system is a tiny element known as the fusible link. Understanding what they are, and how to clean and maintain them, is an important first step in keeping your commercial kitchen fire safe.
What is a Fusible Link?
A fusible link is a simple piece of metal designed to work with your fire extinguishing system. Essentially, the link is made of metal that can withstand a certain temperature level. If the temperature climbs higher, the link will release, setting off the fire extinguishing system. Because it is so vital to the proper working of the fire protection system, proper maintenance is vital.
Cleaning and Maintaining
When you have your vent hood system serviced, the hood cleaning company usually cleans your fusible link. They will use their own cleaning system, but normally all that is required is a damp cloth. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) bulletin 96 section 11.4.7 states that cleaning chemicals shouldn’t be used on this piece, so If you have access to the fusible link yourself, you can keep it in good condition between routine maintenance by simply wiping it with a damp cloth, then drying it.
Another important step you should take is to monitor the link and make certain it is not showing signs of corrosion or damage. If it is, it may be time to call in an expert.
The most important thing to remember is that even though these fusible links are small, and appear simple, they are vital to keeping the fire protection system operating properly. Spend some time learning about your fire protection system and make sure your links are working. This tiny piece could make a big impact in preventing a disaster in your commercial kitchen.
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