Restaurants have made huge strides in their efficiency in the past few years. You see highly efficient grills, stoves, and ovens, and healthier vegetable oils that cook food faster. These things are all blessings for restaurants who want to turn as many tables as possible during closing time.
Unfortunately, these great innovations have made kitchen fires more common. No restaurant owner ever wants their business burn to the ground, so be more vigilant if you want to prevent the disaster from happening.
Here are some tips that have made many restaurant kitchens safe for years:
Proper and Thorough Cleaning
Many restaurant kitchens have huge piles of kindling waiting for you to ignite them. Some of them are oil and grease on the kitchen hood and walls, cardboard boxes, and food waste. To prevent kitchen fires, make sure to keep everything clean.
Cleanair UK and other experts say that you especially need to mind grease at all times. Flare-ups from cooking can ignite them, which can make the fire spread through the entire kitchen in minutes.
Fire Suppression Systems
Install a fire suppression system; this will automatically discharge wet and dry chemicals to extinguish fire. This will also automatically shut off gas and electricity when fire occurs. If you have a fire suppression system, make sure it has a hood system, a chemical fire extinguisher, and Class K fire extinguishers. These things will help you respond quickly before the fire spreads.
Have your systems serviced every six months. Regularly check your discharge nozzles for grease or debris as well.
Make sure to train your employees about the basic fire prevention techniques. Teach them to use a fire extinguisher and other related equipment properly, and how to respond to emergencies based on your fire prevention and emergency evacuation plan.
Forbid the employees from smoking in storage areas, too, as smoking is one of the top causes of commercial establishment fires.
Practicing fire prevention measures can be both time-consuming and expensive; doing so, however, can potentially save your restaurant and your hard-earned money.