Kitchen Fire Protection Systems

Kitchen Fire Protection Systems

If you require to equip your commercial kitchen with a kitchen fire supression system BAFE strongly recommends using an appropriately Third Party Certificated provider. Once installed, it will be a legal requirement to ensure the system is maintained appropriately, so it remains ready to activate accordingly in an event of a fire.

As the person or team appointed responsible for fire safety in your commercial kitchen, it is important to demonstrate you have acted with due dilligence to source a quality provider for these works. By specifying an appropriately Third Party Certificated provider you can be confident you have acted responsibly.

BAFE operate a Scheme called BAFE SP206 which covers Kitchen Fire Protection Systems. This Scheme exists to deliver quality, independent evidence that providers are competent to deliver design, installation, commissioning, maintenance and recharge services for your kitchen fire suppression system.

The BAFE SP206 Kitchen Fire Protection Systems Scheme exists to ensure that companies have quality evidence of competency (and operate a quality management system) to provide the following services:

Kitchen Fire Suppression System Design
- A designated expert will perform this task in line with the relevant Codes of Practice and Standards.
Kitchen Fire Suppression System Installation
- Performed by competent technicians working to the approved design. Installation records are to be maintained and made readily accessible for a minimum of 7 years.
Kitchen Fire Suppression System Commissioning
- Checking the system is safe and ready to use by a designated person with the ability to successfully interpret the system design requirements provided by the system designer.
Kitchen Fire Suppression System Maintenance
- Regular inspections by technicians to check the system remains suitable for the kitchen and fully operational, ready in the event of fire.
Kitchen Fire Suppression System Recharge
- A recharge of the system is carried out after a complete or partial discharge of the extinguishing medium, or as part of a scheduled maintenance procedure, to restore the system to its fully operational condition.

This scheme is not modular, meaning that the organization must be assessed in all these skills to gain Third Party Certification and BAFE Registration to the BAFE SP206 Kitchen Fire Protection Systems Scheme.

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.

The BAFE Kitchen Fire Protection Systems Scheme observes best practice, including LPS 1223 (fixed fire extinguishing systems for catering equipment) and the UL 300 Approval Standards (Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment). It is not the public’s responsibility to know these details, but to be confident that their chosen provider does.

How should I specify this in my requirements for kitchen fire suppression system work?
Specify: Third Party Certification/BAFE Registration to the BAFE SP206 Scheme for Kitchen Fire Protection System Design, Installation, Commissioning, Maintenance and Recharge.