Piranha Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems
In 1962, Ansul developed the first fire suppression system designed specifically to meet the enhanced fire protection needs of commercial kitchens. Now, in response to rapidly changing (and increasingly dangerous) commercial kitchen environments, Ansul has upped their game with the next generation of kitchen fire suppression technology, designed to quickly and effectively knock back flames while dousing the fire with a wet chemical blanket to prevent it from flaring up again.
How the Piranha Kitchen Fire Suppression System Fights Fires
Unlike most conventional kitchen fire suppression systems, which rely on a fixed amount of wet chemical agent to both knock back the flames and prevent reflash by slowly cooling the flames, the Piranha system knocks out flames with the unique PRX liquid fire suppressant then uses water to cool the area, increasing its effectiveness and maximizing your kitchen fire protection.
The Piranha kitchen fire suppression system is activated by a fusible link detector that triggers the ANSUL AUTOMAN release mechanism. This simultaneously pressurizes the agent tank and operates any auxiliary gas or power shut-off devices, meaning that the system not only deals with the fire but also shuts off all heat producing appliances in your kitchen, creating a much safer environment. The PRX liquid extinguishant is discharged through nozzles directly onto appliance surfaces and into the hood, plenum and ductwork, knocking back the flames in seconds and reacting with the hot grease to form a vapor-suppressing blanket which prevent reflash.
Approximately 10 seconds after the system activates, it automatically switches from extinguishant to water flow to rapidly cool the fuel and the surrounding surfaces, making sure that the fire doesn’t flare up again.
Benefits of the Piranha Kitchen Fire Suppression System
Thanks to its rapid flame knockback, fire securing and cooling effects, the Piranha kitchen fire suppression system holds a number of advantages over other commercial kitchen fire suppression systems:
Extremely Fast Cooling
The Piranha kitchen fire suppression system typically reduces the temperature of cooking oil and grease to below the autoignition point in approximately one minute – 15 times faster than conventional wet chemical fire suppression systems. This means that almost instantly, the chances of reflash are all but eliminated.
Flexible nozzle and appliance placement
The Piranha kitchen fire suppression system offers easy installation for every kitchen layout and arrangement. In most cases, nozzles can be placed in a straight-line overlapping arrangement to protect a variety of appliances in all shapes and sizes.
Advanced Agent Technology
The PRX liquid fire suppressant was specifically formulated and tested for use with the Piranha and knocks flames back while forming a vapor suppressing blanket over the fuel source. Best of all, the PRX is a “water enhanced agent” that actually increases in thickness (and effectiveness) during water discharge.
The Piranha kitchen fire suppression system is compliant with UL 300 and 2092, NFPA 17A, NFPA 96, ASSE and IAPMO compliant.