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Fire Safety Tips for Your Commercial Kitchen

Operating a commercial kitchen comes with the risk of fire from cooking activities. Staying on top of fire safety is critical to protect your business from fire damage or worse.

Here are some best practices you should follow:

Conduct Regular Fire Risk Assessments

Carry out a complete fire risk assessment of your kitchen at least annually. This will identify any fire hazards or vulnerabilities so you can address them promptly. Have a qualified professional conduct the assessment.

Properly Install and Maintain Cooking Equipment

Ensure all cooking appliances, especially deep fryers, are professionally installed and well maintained. Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Have gas equipment serviced by a licensed professional. Equip deep fryers with a high temperature shut off device.

Keep Cooking Oil Levels In Check

With deep fryers, verify oil levels stay within the recommended minimum and maximum levels. This helps prevent overflow fires. Never leave fryers unattended when in use.

Provide Emergency Fuel/Power Shutoffs

Install clearly labeled emergency shutoff switches for fuel and power to cooking equipment. Place them near exit paths for quick access. This lets staff quickly cut off the fuel source in case of fire.

Fire Suppression Systems Based on your fire risk assessment, you may need to install an automatic fire suppression system over cooking areas. Use an approved system and certified installer. Ensure the system is regularly inspected and maintained.

Clean Extraction Ventilation Regularly Build up of grease in exhaust hoods, vents and filters is dangerous. Follow a strict cleaning schedule based on equipment use. Keep ducts clean too. Document all cleaning.

Isolate Ductwork Seal gaps and separate ductwork from combustible walls, ceilings or roofs using non-combustible insulation. This prevents fire spreading via the ventilation system.

Fire Blankets and Extinguishers

Place the right fire extinguishers and blankets in accessible spots in the kitchen. Class F extinguishers are ideal for commercial kitchens. Maintain them annually.

Train Staff on Fire Procedures

Make sure all staff know what to do in case of a kitchen fire. Conduct regular fire drills. Post emergency procedures clearly.

Staying on top of these fire safety measures will help you operate your commercial kitchen safely. Don't hesitate to consult fire safety experts for advice tailored to your specific kitchen. Investing in fire prevention will protect your business for the long run.


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