5 Steps to prevent Commercial Fire
Fires in commercial kitchens can be devastating. They can destroy property, injure employees or customers, and financially impact your business. There are many things you can do to prevent a commercial fire from happening. Here are five steps that will help you lower your risk.
Keeping your kitchen clean and organized
Keeping your kitchen clean and organized is important to ensure your business is safe from potential fire damage. Clean up spills immediately. Spilled food on the floor, countertops, and cooking equipment can cause a fire. Keep flammable materials away from heat sources and flames. Keep your kitchen well lit so you can easily see the contents of any pots or pans that are bubbling on stovetops or countertops. Ensure to keep paper products placed far enough for them themselves not only to potentially catch fire but also potentially spreading flames further into nearby areas within seconds after being ignited by nearby burners or stoves.
Clean your oven and stove top regularly
To prevent a commercial fire from starting in your kitchen, you should clean your oven and stove top regularly. Keeping grease splatters and potential spills cleaned up off the stove top or in the bottom of the oven can significantly reduce the potential for fire.
Restrict cooking time
Fire marshals have been limiting the hours of operation for restaurants and other commercial kitchens to prevent fires. During off-hours, you should ensure that your kitchen is free of cooking materials such as propane tanks, deep fryers, or grills.
When cooking begins again in the morning or after a break, make sure that all equipment is completely cooled before leaving. Ensure any pilot lights are turned off before leaving the premises at night and never leave food unattended while it's being heated after a break.
Have a fire extinguisher on hand
The first step to preventing a fire is to have a fire extinguisher on hand. The ideal location for this safety tool is in the kitchen, but it's also good to have one near your office or anywhere else flammable materials are stored.
If you're not familiar with how to use an extinguisher, read the instructions on its label before attempting to use it. Ensuring that your fire extinguisher is still in good condition is crucial—the expiry date should appear clearly on its label alongside other important information such as operating temperature range and minimum discharging pressure requirement for safe usage by end users.
Create a safer kitchen environment
Ensuring you have a safe kitchen environment is important to keep from potential fire or water damage. Install a fire alarm and smoke detector in each store location, as well as in the kitchen area to prevent a fire. Create a fire safety plan for your business that includes:
- An order of evacuation (if there is one) and number of people to evacuate
- an evacuation route from each building
- how to notify local emergency responders if needed.
Cooking is one of the most dangerous things people do in their businesses each day. The best way to avoid kitchen fires is to keep your stovetop and oven clean and free from grease build-up. You should also make sure that everyone in your business knows how to use an extinguisher in case there’s ever a fire emergency. Finally ensuring you have a safe kitchen environment can cut back on your chances of a fire breaking out and damage to your property.