For businesses in the dining industry, the kitchen is one of the most important spaces in the building. Since this is the case, ensuring that it remains safe and in working condition is vital. Commercial fire protection is necessary, not only for uninterrupted business but for the safety of your employees and patrons. Remember these critical factors for preventing fires in your commercial kitchen.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that eating and drinking establishments saw an average of about 7,640 structural fires between 2006 and 2010. These fires caused about $246 million in total damages. Of those fires, the majority were caused by faulty cooking equipment. Make inspecting and evaluating the performance and condition of all cooking equipment an essential part of your regular maintenance activities.
For the amount of cooking that takes place in commercial kitchens, it takes more than just wiping the cooktop and counter surfaces to ensure that all important areas are clean. Grease, specifically, builds up in hoods and grease traps, which could ultimately create a fire hazard. Ensure that these remain clean and clear regularly to avoid the possibility of overheating and causing a fire.
Sprinkler systems are essential elements in commercial fire protection, and often make the difference between small flames and a devastating blaze. Have fire protection professionals inspect the condition of your sprinkler system to ensure that there is no corrosion or other issues that would inhibit its performance in an emergency fire situation.
Verify UL Compliance
The UL 300 compliance has become the standard in commercial fire safety. In fact, new technology is known to deliver a 95% factor of reliability. Consider upgrading your system to the UL 300 for the most effectiveness in commercial fire safety.
Human error has been a contributing factor in many fire incidents in commercial kitchens. Although your kitchen may be equipped with the most advanced technology and equipment for fire protection, it is still essential that all staff members be adequately trained in procedures and plans that minimize fire hazards. Training should include drills, evacuation plans, and the proper use of extinguishers and other preventative equipment.
Commercial and Residential Fire Protection from Biles Fire Protection
Biles Fire Protection can help with all of your residential or commercial fire safety needs. We have the equipment and expertise to install wet sprinkler systems or dry sprinkler systems at affordable prices. We are well known for our top-notch customer service, quick response times, and reliable support and maintenance. To get a quote for your sprinkler system, fill out our online request form. For more information and to chat about how we can help meet your fire safety needs, visit us online or give us a call at (443) 701-8330. To get more fire safety tips and information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.