How to Prevent Restaurant Fire! Follow These Simple Tips to Avoid Fire Accidents
It is a universally acknowledged fact that fire is the single largest threat in the restaurant/commercial kitchens. Commercial kitchen fire poses a risk for its workers and patrons. Kitchen fires can cause massive damages to the property, injure people and destroy your business, leading to loss of revenues and in the worst case, even permanent closure.
Due to the presence of open flames, high power electrical appliances, cooking oils, and cleaning chemicals, commercial kitchens are highly vulnerable to fire.
Since the nature of cooking in the restaurants is entirely intrinsic, you cannot completely eliminate the threat of fire. However, you can take some precautions to reduce the danger and avert a catastrophic event.
Tip 1: Keep Flammable Items Away
Commercial kitchens have several appliances that are vulnerable to catching fire. Therefore, ensure you don’t place any source of fire or open combustibles near the appliances. For examples, fryers should not be kept near the plug points.
Tip 2: Clean Grease Build-up from Hoods and Vents
Grease build-up poses a serious risk of fire. Thus, it is crucial to clean the grills, hood and vent properly. Usually, proper cleaning varies from kitchen to kitchen depending on a number of factors such as type of cuisine and the number of fryers.
Tip 3: Have an Evacuation Diagram Ready
A well-planned evacuation diagram is necessary to ensure there’s minimal damage to life, with everyone getting out safely. Remember the evacuation plan must be well placed and should be drawn after taking into account various areas of the restaurant. Moreover, make sure the evacuation plan is practised regularly. This exercise will ensure that all the staff members are acquainted with the drill and become aware of their responsibility in the wake of a fire. It is observed that panic during a real fire accident will reduce if the evacuation drill is rehearsed correctly.
Remember when you’re prepared, you can avert severe damage to lives, property and your business. Get in touch with Australian Fire Protection Group for comprehensive fire safety training, fire equipment and evacuation diagrams.