Updated: Feb 4, 2019
Within two months of installing an Ansul fire suppression system, Scotts of Helmsley had very real proof of its efficiency
Scotts of Helmsley is a popular outlet in North Yorkshire. Using sustainable local sources, it has branched out from pure fish and chips to offer many other dishes including pies, salads, soup, beverages and puddings. It incorporates a 60-seat restaurant and also has an award-winning gluten free range.
With its high efficiency frying range in constant use, the potential risk of fire was always a concern to the shop’s owner, Michael Mitchinson. This worry was heightened by the fact that the range is semi-open to the public area and adjacent to the 60-seat restaurant, while the building itself is situated in a terrace of shops.
Needing a specialised restaurant fire suppression system, Scotts turned to Johnson Controls for the answer, which recommended fitting an Ansul R-102 to the frying range. A favourite choice for worldwide food service kitchens, the system features two nozzles over each pan on the frying range to deliver low pH liquid agent to quickly knock down flames and cool hot surfaces while generating a tough vapour-securing blanket that helps prevent fire reflash.
"If the Ansul system had not been in place, the fire would have spread and the damage would have been a lot more significant because this type of fire can be very difficult to deal with.”
Within two months of installing the Ansul system, Scotts had very real proof of its efficiency when, during the morning set up before the shop was open, a member of staff switched on one of the range pans. Not realising that the pan contained no oil, the worker went off to do another task. Residue in the pan caught fire and the Ansul system was quickly activated.
Scotts owner Michael Mitchinson comments: “The pan was immediately covered in liquid agent which put the fire straight out. If the Ansul system had not been in place, the fire would have spread and the damage would have been a lot more significant because this type of fire can be very difficult to deal with.”
As well as avoiding damage and injury, the speed with which the fire was put out was also good news for the business. Following a clean-up, a Johnson Controls distributor visited the premises at 6am the following day to refill the Ansul system. The shop was re-opened for business with just the loss of one day’s takings and a callout charge.
Michael adds: “In my opinion, having a fire suppressions system like Ansul should be made a necessity for any company trading in this industry. If we had not had the fire suppression system, we could have lost the shop and a couple of buildings either side. I would recommend the Ansul system to anybody. It’s a very good investment.”
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