How did I begin my Fire Suppression career? I’m glad you asked! I had been busy for the past 20 years working as a Realtor and a General and Commercial Contractor in Arizona. One day, about 7 years ago my brother-in-law from England called me and asked for a favor. He asked if I thought there would be interest in the United States with one of his products called “Kitchensafe”. Kitchensafe is a kitchen fire suppression device that installs to protect the exhaust hood and the range in case of a fire. Kitchensafe was developed by his company engineers as the result of a tragic kitchen fire in Scotland after 20 residents of a nursing facility died. Scotland mandated that all care facilities must install fire suppression in their kitchens. I agreed to take a few Kitchensafe systems and see what the level of interest was in the U.S. The momentum was slow for the next few years, and I realized how difficult introducing a new product to the market was. In the 4th year we received several large orders and the future of Kitchensafe began to improve Then, the Covid virus came to America and the senior living residences, schools, hospitals, day cares, university campus housing, catering kitchens limited our access to their properties. We used the slow period to look at the Kitchensafe system design. We decided to make critical design changes to Kitchensafe, and we feel that “Kitchensafe 2.0” is a better fire suppression system than the original. Here are a few of the changes, a smaller control panel that allows many mounting options. Kitchensafe can be placed up to 15 feet from the nozzle to the suppression cylinder. Inspections are easier as the bottle is exposed and allows inspection with a quick glance. Kitchensafe has an elevated heat sensor that allows the user to reduce the heat and avoid a unwanted activation of the system. Protects cooking surfaces up to 48 inches. Shuts off the gas or electric fuel source when the system activates avoiding a reignition of a fire. Manual pull station and central alarm terminals are built into the system. You can see more information on our web site; www.kitchensafe.net.
If you have ever had a situation to view the evidence of a fire up close, you will never forget the unpleasant smell of the charred structure and the visual of loss suffered by the victims of the event. There is also the issue of injury and possible death by residents and fire fighters. We hear of structure fires every day as fires in the home are a high percentage are kitchen fires. I read yesterday of an apartment fire where 20 families were displaced. Imagine the cost of housing those persons, loss of rental income, increase in insurance premiums and all the other things that come with any structure fire. The Kitchensafe system has already extinguished 4 fires that could have led to severe injury and property damage.
Thank You, for reading my first blog! Tom Coffin email: firstname.lastname@example.org