When customers dine in your restaurant, delicious food and an inviting atmosphere should be at the top of the list. The last thing they expect is a kitchen fire ruining their evening. Without the proper fire prevention measures in place, a simple electrical spark or open flame can result in a catastrophic kitchen fire that’s uncontainable.
As a restaurant owner, life can get busy, which is why we put together a simple list of essential fire prevention measures to help you keep your restaurant and patrons safe.
1. Kitchen Fire Suppression System Inspection
The lack of a well-maintained kitchen fire suppression system potentially can cause hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage and injury to employees as well as patrons. As per code, your kitchen fire suppression system needs to be inspected on a semi-annual basis to ensure efficiency. If you’re operating with an older system, you may want to consider an upgrade as an outdated system can lead to costly, unplanned expenses if it fails to do what’s it’s meant to.
2. Fire Sprinkler System Inspection
Commercial fire sprinkler systems contain chemicals that can cause corrosion and ultimately ineffectiveness of your sprinkler system. Not only does this mean that you’ll be left high and dry during a kitchen fire, you’ll also face many fines by not complying with local codes and NFPA 25 standards. Commit to monthly fire sprinkler system inspections to keep your property safe and protected.
3. Kitchen Fire Extinguisher Inspection
Fully loaded and maintained Class K kitchen fire extinguishers can mean the difference between a quick response to contain a small fire and having to close your restaurant doors due to catastrophic loss. As one of the most important kitchen fire prevention measures, and your first line of defense, fire extinguishers should be installed, regularly inspected and maintained.
Ben Franklin said it best: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When it comes to a restaurant fire, truer words were never spoken.
Learn about kitchen fire suppression systems and services from Total Fire Protection or call (718) 785-8297.