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Tip of the week: Check the status of your kitchen hoods

Hospital Safety Insider, December 3, 2008

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A few weeks back, we read about a hospital that received some unwanted surveyor attention related to the set-up of the kitchen hood system.
 
The facility’s kitchen hood system didn’t tie into the building’s fire alarm system.
 
The 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC) generally requires hospitals to comply with the 1998 edition of NFPA 96, Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations.
 
When the kitchen hood’s suppression system activates, it should trip the building's fire alarm system and alert occupants in the immediate area through an audible or visual signal, according to NFPA 96. When electrical power operates the suppression system, a supervisory alarm generally must monitor the equipment, in addition to the building alarm.
 
Note that the LSC exempts building alarm activation for existing kitchen systems if automatic sprinklers protect the kitchen under exception 2 to paragraph 19.3.4.2.



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