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You are probably here because you have been told by your insurance company to get a fire suppression system installed in your kitchen canopy but you dont know where to start ! This guide tells you everything you need to know !

Help I need a Fire Suppression System

What is an Ansul Fire Suppression System?

a. Its a fully automatic self contained fire system that protects not only the appliances but also the internals on the canopy (plenum) and also the extract ducts.

Is this a legal requirement?

a. Surprisingly no, not in the UK. Insurances companies often insist on one. Your fire risk assesor may advise one and the fire department can also insist on one.

Why cant I just have regular extinguishers?

a. First of all the Ansul R102 uses wet chemical to extinguish the fire you can get these in portable version to have  as a safeguard but they are not the full solution. Deep fat fryers are the main risk and when these ignite the flames quickly travel through greasy filters and set fire to the grease lined canopy. The extract fans pull the fire through the ductwork and now only the fire brigade can save the building or of course the Ansul R102 suppression system. Also many fires start in the dead of night.

How does it work?

a. There are fusible link detectors inside the canopy that detect the fire. By mechanical means the system activates and Ansulex solution is propelled by internal gas cylinders through a pipe work system that feeds nozzles not only over the appliances but also throughout the canopy and even into each duct.

Is it expensive?

a. Not when you consider the cost of shutting the kitchen down for up to three months, but thats not the answer you're looking for. Systems vary in price from small systems around £2,000.00 upto large systems at around £6000.00. The most common size system is a double tank at around £3,000.00

Where will it go?

a. The main visual component are the tanks housed in stylish stainless steel cabinets that are installed high up to the ceiling with most of the pipe work running above the ceiling.

How long will it take?

a. Around 10 hours on average. This can be through the night if required to keep disruption to a minimum.

How do I find out more?

a. Thats the easy one go our contact us page and either complete the form, drop us a line or better still telephone us direct for a no commitment chat.