Commercial kitchens have numerous conditions that make them more prone to fires than most other workplaces. Depending on the restaurant’s menu, there may be open flames which present a unique hazard. Grease accumulates from cooking, and it can easily catch fire. The nature of the restaurant business has many people rushing around in tight spaces carrying loose dish towels. Anyone of these things can cause an accidental fire that could cause devastating personal injury and structural damage.
Start with a Plan
Your best bet is to have a fire protection plan and train your staff so they know what to do in case of a fire in the restaurant’s kitchen. Work with your fire protection system provider to develop a plan to reduce the potential for a fire and train the staff regarding how to react in case of an emergency.
Clean up to Reduce the Risk
Grease accumulates and can catch fire. It is imperative that you have a regular cleaning routine that includes surfaces, exhaust hoods, fryers, broilers, ovens, grills, and grease traps. If you have a wood-burning oven, remove the ash every day and put it in a metal container outside of the building, keeping it at least 15 feet from any structure.
Keep the Area Free of Clutter
Restaurants generate a lot of trash which needs to be disposed of properly. This keeps the high-traffic areas clear and reduces the chance of tripping and falling as well as having someone’s sleeve brush through an open flame. It reduces the possibility of a stray box, packaging, or wrapper getting too close to a heat source which could result in a fire.
Everyone Plays a Role in Fire Safety
Every restaurant needs a fire safety plan, and it should be practiced often. Training is a necessary step in the fire protection plan. If a fire breaks out, people who know what to do will be less likely to panic. Each person should have an assigned role. For example, a line cook could be selected as the one to call 911 in the event of a fire. The servers might be designated to escort people out of the building and account for everyone. Someone else will be assigned the responsibility of shutting off the gas and electric. Identify people for these roles on every shift, so there is no confusion. Each staff member should know where the fire extinguishers are located and know how to use them. Fire safety procedures must be part of every new employee’s orientation program so that there is no question as to what to do in case of emergency.
Commercial and Residential Fire Protection from Biles Fire Protection
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