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Fire Safety

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Design Guidance

Overall Strategies

Fire suppression systems must be appropriate for the type of fire (electrical, grease, etc.) expected in the interior space. Many chemicals in fire suppression systems are now being replaced by newer alternatives. Consult the Significant New Alternatives (SNAP) program for additional information.

Best Practices

  • Promote safety by installing emergency power down switches.
  • Fire suppression systems specified by GSA include water based sprinkler systems. This type of system works well for computer/LAN rooms that are backed up off-site.
  • Ceiling-mounted sprinkler systems should be incorporated into the ceiling layout, but the locations should be carefully coordinated with non-water suppression systems required over the cooking line.
  • Keep a Class K fire extinguisher close to the deep fryer and all appliances that may ignite grease.
  • Use fire suppression systems that use a SNAP-approved (non-ozone depleting) substance to extinguish fires.

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Federal Requirements

Guiding Principles