IN TIME FOR FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are structural fires every 86 seconds in the United States. Commercial kitchens are especially susceptible to fire. Kitchen’s have a hectic environment and lots of fire hazards.
This year, Fire Prevention Week will be from October 8 – 14, 2017. Fire Prevention Week is a national initiative to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. To honor this important week, HOODZ franchisees across the country are spreading the word. Cleaning and maintaining commercial kitchens is necessary to prevent a devastating fire.
For business owners and facility managers interested in making sure their kitchen is up-to-code, here are a few tips for reducing the risk of fire:
Maintain electrical equipment
Kitchen equipment should be frequently examined for frayed cords, wiring, and broken switch plates. Staff should check regularly to help prevent fires resulting from electrical malfunctions.
Grease buildup can ignite when exposed to high heat. So, you should regularly clean the walls, cooking surfaces, and grills. Also, clean any other areas of the kitchen susceptible to grease buildup.
Clean the exhaust system
Hire a professional to thoroughly clean all the kitchen hoods, ducts, and fans. They will remove grease, improve ventilation, and reduce the risk of fires.
Prepare an escape plan
It’s important to have an emergency action and evacuation plan in the case of a fire. Exits should be clearly marked. You should also hold fire drills twice a year to ensure your staff knows what to do.
Visit the NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week page for additional information on how to raise awareness of Fire Prevention Week. Help make your kitchen an even safer environment!
Request A Quote Or Service Today