Reducing the risk of kitchen fire is paramount to running a successful restaurant. Fires wreak havoc in restaurant kitchens each year, destroying expensive equipment and causing extensive property damage. Protect your staff, property and overall investment by informing yourself and following fire prevention guidelines. Adhering to a set of fire procedures benefits a kitchen in the long term.
Fire prevention 101:
Insulate your kitchen’s ductwork. Fiberfrax mats and blankets are made of alumina-silica and are extremely effective for fire insulation purposes. By insulating your kitchen’s air ventilation ducts and grease ducts with Fiberfrax, you are proficiently reducing the spread of fire through the duct system. Without adequate fire resistance, the duct system becomes an overwhelming hazard, rapidly spreading dangerous smoke and fire throughout the entire restaurant.
Schedule regular inspection. Key to successful operations is the routine examination your kitchen’s electrical equipment, exhaust system and grease buildup. Check for frayed wires as well as wear and tear to ovens and grills. In a commercial kitchen, grease gets everywhere. This includes grease filters, exhaust hoods, exhaust ducts, exhaust fans, as well as the floor and all your cooking equipment. Keep an eye on grease levels and schedule regular cleaning. Check that your Fiberfrax insulation is in position to protect all ductwork throughout the establishment.
Train your staff on emergency protocol. Always make sure that your restaurant’s kitchen has fire extinguishers and that your staff know how to use them. In a busy commercial kitchen, fire is a part of the environment and used on a daily basis for roasting, baking and frying. Have clear instruction on what to do in case of an emergency; preparation is key to a successful kitchen operation. And remember: a clean kitchen is a safe kitchen. Establishing a regular cleaning schedule does wonders for both kitchen hygiene and fire safety.