With the abundance of open flames, hot equipment, electrical appliances, and oil all coming together in a small, hectic environment, restaurants present a considerable fire risk.
Most fires in restaurants involve cooking equipment, and in most places in the United States special fire suppressions designed for restaurants must be in place. These systems work by automatically detecting excessive flames and dispensing chemical fire suppressants. Keeping grease cleaned up can help prevent problems before they happen.
The presence of inflammable liquids like fat, grease, and oil require special fire extinguishers. Class K fire extinguishers are the only ones made specifically for this purpose. Make sure your staff is trained on how to used them.
Store flammable things like napkins and tablecloths in spaces away from heat and grease.
It is frequently overlooked but having all gas and electrical equipment inspected on a regular basis is essential for fire safety measures. The heat in kitchens and chronic use can lead to premature wear and tear on appliances, including frayed cords and leaking gas lines.
Fire codes commonly call for a quarterly inspection of exhaust systems to ensure that there is not a build-up of grease. Exhaust systems must remain clean at all times to prevent grease fires or a build-up of toxic fumes in busy kitchens.