4 Tips to Avoid Severe Commercial Kitchen Fire Damage
A commercial kitchen fire can leave a massive amount of property damage.
A commercial kitchen fire can be a devastating event for any restaurant or foodservice business. A commercial kitchen is designed to handle bulk cooking that requires the use of expensive equipment. As a result, they are extremely prone to fire damage because they contain many different flammable materials such as grease, oil, and cooking supplies.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have restored numerous commercial kitchens that were damaged by fire. The following blog post is designed for those running a commercial kitchen. We will discuss the best four tips to avoid severe kitchen fire damage.
How do commercial kitchen fires occur?
The most common reason why a commercial kitchen fire will occur is when there is a grease fire. A commercial kitchen may be covered with oil, fat, or even cooking supplies that are all highly flammable materials. Flammable materials can ignite when they come into contact with an open flame source, such as a stovetop burner or pilot light.
A commercial kitchen fire may also occur because of human error and faulty equipment like old stoves or ovens which don't turn off when their burners are switched off.
4 Tips for commercial kitchen fire prevention
The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have put together the following tips to help you avoid costly repairs and permanent closure.
1) Remove grease regularly
Grease buildup in a kitchen is inevitable. Schedule a recurring time to remove used grease and place it in an outdoor grease container to prevent a grease fire from occurring. The schedule that you develop needs to be in place so that there is never a chance for excess grease to be present in the kitchen.
2) Service equipment often and replace old equipment
Old and outdated equipment is more likely to have a malfunction and cause a commercial kitchen fire. Unfortunately, there's no way to know when your commercial oven or stove will fail, so you should make sure that old equipment is replaced.
You will also want to ensure that the kitchen exhaust and duct systems are professionally cleaned often. For example, a flame can climb into an exhaust hood and cause severe fire damage when excess grease residues are in the duct system.
3) Prioritize safety
Commercial kitchen fire safety needs to be a priority. The best way to prevent severe kitchen fire damage is to have a reliable fire extinguisher close by when a fire breaks out.
4)Train all kitchen members
Quarterly safety meetings must be held to ensure all individuals working in or around a commercial kitchen are trained to respond to a grease fire. In addition, they all need to know the fire safety protocols, locations of fire extinguishers, and how to properly use kitchen equipment.
What to do when a commercial kitchen fire occurs
The first thing to do when a kitchen fire occurs is to call the local authorities. The Atlanta Fire Department consists of 35 fire stations with experienced firefighters and emergency medical service providers.
The next thing to do is call a reliable Atlanta fire restoration company. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is a well-known company that has been servicing Atlanta since 1967.
We hope you took the provided tips seriously, so you will never need to call for fire restoration services or the Atlanta Fire Department.
Contact us today if you are in need of help after a commercial kitchen fire occurs. The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta are all IICRC certified and understand the importance of arriving at a fire damage disaster quickly.