Responsible for a commercial kitchen? Make sure it is suitably protected in the event of fire with a kitchen fire suppression/extinguishing system.
Launching in Q4 of 2018, the BAFE Kitchen Fire Protection Systems Scheme (Scheme no. SP206) has taken almost two years to develop from inception and has had the support of insurers, equipment manufacturers and trade associations from both the fire and catering industries. The importance of the scheme cannot be understated as fires starting in kitchens that go unchecked can cause major disruption to a business and may result in a total loss of a building running into potentially millions of pounds.
The BAFE SP206 Scheme has been developed to provide end users that use kitchen equipment with the confidence that the kitchen fire protection system they have had installed or maintained, has been undertaken by a provider that has been independently assessed for their competence to complete these works.
This third party certification scheme covers the Design, Installation, Commissioning, Recharge and Maintenance of kitchen protection/suppression systems. This scheme is not modular, meaning that the company must have the competence, and will be assessed, in all these skills to gain third party certification.
The result being that when a BAFE SP206 Registered Company installs or maintains a system they will have the skills required to make adjustments to the system in the event that kitchen equipment has been moved, removed or added. Furthermore, they will have to demonstrate, through the assessment process, that they completed the work in accordance with the scheme requirements.
Each system visit, whether a new installation or maintenance will require a Certificate of Conformance to be issued in line with scheme requirements to confirm it is in full working order in the event of a fire.
The BAFE Kitchen Fire Protection Systems Scheme observes best practice, including working to the UL 300 Standard (Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment). Whilst this is an American Standard, BAFE acknowledge it is an extremely robust measure of fire protection for a large variety of commercial cooking equipment, and therefore the best way to demonstrate competence when working with these systems. It is not the public’s responsibility to know this, but to be confident that their chosen provider does.
UKAS accredited Certification Body NSI deliver the scheme assessment on behalf of BAFE for the Kitchen Fire Protection Systems Scheme (SP206). NSI contact information can be found here.
The BAFE Kitchen Fire Protection Systems Scheme (SP206) has received a lot of support throughout the industry and beyond from the FPA (Fire Protection Association), RISCAuthority, Ansul and Nobel Fire Systems - Read more