Kitchen Fire Extinguishers and its importance

Commercial kitchens are always equipped several different fire protection measures. But, fire extinguisher is important equipment as it is always within the reach. Class K fire extinguishers are intended to be used in kitchens as they suitable to douse the fire that has happened due to cooking oils and greases that are vegetable and animal fat-based.

Class K fires are one of the trickiest and more dangerous fire to control and happens in a kitchen. These fires require a unique extinguishing agent to get them under control. Due to sheer number of cooking done in a kitchen especially in a commercial kitchen for e.g. restaurants, cafeterias, food trucks, bakeries, and catering services, class K fire is common to happen. Therefore, it is vital for the safety of everyone whether working in commercial kitchen or home kitchen, it is important to Class K fire extinguisher.

Type of Class K Extinguishers

Class K Fire Extinguishers are used on flammable liquid, just like class B fire extinguishers but class B extinguishers are efficient on high-temperature cooking oil and grease fires that happens in a kitchen. Use of water on fire involving oil and grease will spread the fire as these flammable liquids are not absorbed by water rather helps them spreading.

The only effective Class K fire extinguisher is a Wet Chemical fire extinguisher. These extinguishers are based on alkaline mixture potassium carbonate, potassium acetate, or potassium citrate, which interact with the cooking media (oil, grease, or fat) to create a type of foam that blankets the oil or grease, cooling it and preventing it from being fed oxygen

Class K fire extinguishers in many cases can be effective at putting Class A fire extinguisher that might have began in kitchen due to Class K fire.

Inspection and installation of Class K Fire extinguisher

Due to the rapid expansion with which Class K fires spreads, it is always required to install portable Class K fire extinguishers at 30 feet from all cooking equipment that uses vegetable oils. The extinguisher must be visible with the instruction label also visible while mounted. It is essential to ensure that employees do not hang items on the extinguisher and that they are properly mounted in their designated places.

After being mounted and placed into service, Class K portable fire extinguishers need to be visually inspected monthly to ensure that they are in proper working condition.

Things to be inspected visually:

  1. Should be located at designated place
  2. Should be visible easily
  3. Should be accessible easily
  4. Pressure should always be in green zone
  5. Nozzle and hose should always be in good condition
  6. Safety pin should be in place
  7. Last servicing date of the fire extinguisher

Impact Fire and Safety Appliances Pvt. Ltd. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of Class K fire extinguisher for the last 15 years and always use ISI marked chemicals in manufacturing of fire extinguishers. Contact us today for all your needs of Class K fire extinguishers.

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