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Commercial Kitchen Fire Safety Tips

Restaurant kitchens have made huge strides in efficiency over the last few years. High-efficiency stoves, grills, and ovens as well as (slightly) healthier vegetable oils that only burn at higher temperatures all cook food faster and retain heat longer–a blessing for restaurants that want to turn its tables as many times as possible each night.

Unfortunately, these great innovations in cooking technology have made restaurant kitchen fires more common and much more devastating. If you are a restaurant owner, you have to be more vigilant than ever if you want to prevent kitchen fires from getting out of control—and potentially harming your employees, customers, equipment, and property. However, if you install a kitchen fire suppression system in Houston and follow this list of commercial kitchen fire safety tips, you should be able to run your kitchen safely for years.

If you have any questions about kitchen fire safety, contact Kauffman Co. today! We have years of experience helping Houston area restaurants protect their employees, customers, and property from fire.

Keep Your Restaurant Clean & Organized

Many restaurant kitchens basically have basically huge piles of kindling waiting to be ignited:

  • The oil and grease on the walls and kitchen hood
  • Cardboard boxes from food storage
  • Wooden pallets from deliveries
  • The accumulation of food waste and packaging

Make sure to keep your restaurant clean and organized to minimize how quickly a fire could spread and grow.

Clean Grease Traps

To prevent restaurant kitchen fires, make sure you mind your grease at all times. Empty grease traps on flat top grills and kitchen hoods and replace the grease in your deep fryers regularly to prevent it from flaring up. In addition, make sure you clean off the grease that accumulates on your walls and your hood—flare ups from cooking can occur and ignite this grease, which can spread through your entire kitchen in minutes.

Promptly Remove Trash & Shipping Materials

In addition, make sure you keep your kitchen clear of trash and shipping materials. If possible, keep these in a dumpster that is far enough away from your restaurant that a dumpster fire will not affect anything around it.

Install Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems

Your commercial kitchen fire suppression system should consist of a hood system, a chemical fire extinguishant and several K Class fire extinguishers. Together, these will allow you to respond quickly to a fire in your commercial kitchen before it spreads too far and takes over.

Mind Open Flames

If your restaurant uses flambé cooking techniques or uses open flames near tables (including candles), this could potentially result in the ignition of tablecloths, napkins, and even the clothing of servers and customers. The fire hazard is increased when alcohol or propane is used as the fuel source. To minimize your restaurant’s fire risk, make sure your staff has proper equipment and training in special cooking techniques.

Implement a Fire Safety Plan

Above all, you should have as many implements as possible in place to keep your commercial kitchen safe from fire. However, it is equally important to have a backup plan just in case all else fails. Work with a professional fire protection services company to design a commercial kitchen fire safety plan, and then work with your employees to make sure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities.

Post Smoking Restrictions

Post smoking restrictions—smoking is banned in all Texas restaurants and bars (excluding cigar bars and tobacco shops). Even so, you should post “No Smoking” signs along the outside of your restaurant, especially in areas where discarded cigarettes could end up on top of mulch, wood chips, or any other flammable objects.

Keeping your commercial kitchen safe from fires involves effort from everyone on your staff. If you need to install a commercial kitchen fire suppression system in your Houston, Texas restaurant, call Kauffman Co. today!

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