Your restaurant is more than an investment. For many owners and managers, a restaurant is a home away from home and the employees and patrons are a second family. For such a precious space, it only makes sense that you would want to do everything you could to keep it safe from any fire danger. These five tips will help you do just that.
- The fire suppression system should be inspected and maintained at least twice every year, to ensure it is in good shape. More than half of all restaurant fires being with the cooking equipment. A fire suppression system will successfully dispense chemicals in an automated manner to suppress any flames before they spread. When the system is activated, electricity supply or fuel to the cooking equipment is automatically cut. By installing and maintaining this type of system, you can stop a fire before it causes irreversible damage.
- Portable fire extinguishers should be in place, to serve as backups for your fire suppression system. Class K fire extinguishers work best in the kitchen area since they can quickly put out fires that result from grease, fats and oils, which burn at extremely high temperatures. However, Class K fire extinguishers are designed for use after the activation of an automatic fire suppression system. Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers should also be used, because there are several other types of fires, such as those caused by electrical faults, paperwork, plastic and wood. These fire extinguishers should be used according to the manufacturer’s specifications, and should be placed strategically in places that are easy to access.
- Have a regular maintenance schedule for your fire protection equipment and systems. This will make it easy to keep up with your maintenance to ensure your systems are always in good working order. Regular maintenance may also be required for some major equipment warranties.
- An automated fire alarm system is also an essential piece of fire protection equipment that can be added to a restaurant. These alarms are designed in a way to monitor the environment for any presence of unwanted fires. Besides alerting people to evacuate and seek emergency services, the alarm may also alert and prepare other systems such as the automated fire suppression system to stop further spread of the flames and smoke.
- Emergency lights and exit signs are also an important consideration, especially in areas of the restaurant where staff and customers congregate. Exits signs should be installed above exit doors, and together with the emergency lights, they should be inspected and serviced every month.
In conclusion, restaurant fire protection does not entail installation of the various safety systems alone, but also regular checking and maintenance. However, your first step is to ensure that the systems and equipment are in place, for the security of your structures and people. Adequate fire protection can even increase the chance that you will receive compensation in the event that a fire does occur and cause damage to your restaurant.
Making sure that your restaurant follows these tips, it will allow for a safer environment for your employees, customers, and yourself. 360 Services will always be there to help. We are one company, one number, one team!