A fire in your restaurant can injure your employees and guests. It can also cause your business to shut down for repairs and harm your company’s reputation. A surprisingly large portion of restaurants never reopen after a fire. Here are some tips to keep your kitchen cooking.
Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Frequency Requirements:
Fryers are a major source of fires and injuries, and they deposit a large amount of grease in the exhaust system.
Make sure your fryer is equipped with a high temperature shut-off switch—it will prevent your oil from overheating.
Are your fryers located next to a gas range, charbroiler, or other open flame appliance? If so, the fire code requires at least 16 inches separation between the fryer and the appliance, unless you have an 8 inch stainless steel baffle between the fryer and the appliance.
Show all employees how to manually activate the fire suppression system (the pull stations).
Employees need to know where the fire extinguishers are located, how to use them, and which extinguishers to use on a grease fire (K class only—the silver ones, not the red ones).
Emergency evacuation plans—they should know how to respond to an emergency to protect themselves and your guests.
Explain the need to keep water away from the fryer oil.