No restaurant owner wants to deal with a fire, yet they’re all too common in commercial kitchens. While there’s no way to prevent 100% of fires, HoodMart does have some advice on some simple things your restaurant can do to prevent many fires.
Make sure your wiring is up to code
There are a lot of reasons to keep your wiring up to code – including of course the fact that your local safety regulations require it. However, there’s another big reason: old, faulty, and exposed wiring is one of the top causes of restaurant fires. Check out OSHA requirements for maintenance and discover what standards are necessary for the equipment you have, the size of your kitchen, and other factors.
Clean your hood filters
Your exhaust hoods are made to get rid of extra gas, grease, smoke, and odors. They are an important part of a safe and well-running kitchen, but they’ll only work well if the filtration system is well-maintained. If you let grease accumulate on your filters, then they won’t work as well – and they can cause a serious fire right above your cooking surface. You should follow both the suggestions of the manufacturer and OSHA.
Don’t allow rags to be fire hazards
If your staff uses rags to wipe up oil, grease, and other flammable things then you must be sure these liquids don’t build up to create a fire hazard. Remember that the rags themselves can also be fire hazards, so it’s best to contained in a non-flammable bin or trash can – preferably not in the kitchen area. Keep in mind that the National Fire Protection agency says that almost ¼ of restaurant fires are caused by grease accumulation – and that includes in rags.
Be aware of how your oils burn
Veggie oil is both healthier and generally cheaper than animal fat, but remember that it burns at a higher temperature compared to animal fat. What does that mean for you? It means that if it causes a fire, it’ll be harder to contain and harder to put out. That’s why you need a wet chemical fire suppression system in place. Make sure it’s regularly maintained and checked as well.
If you have questions about hoods, filters, fire suppression systems, or other commercial restaurant equipment, then it’s time to call HoodMart. We are here to help you build the kitchen that works for you and keeps you, your staff, and your customers safe.