What Are The Main Causes of Kitchen Fires in Restaurants?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the foodservice industry has become one of the most negatively affected industries. With mandated government closures and limits on capacity, there is much on the mind of restaurateurs. Covid-19 has forced restaurants of all shapes and sizes to think outside of the box to best stay afloat and serve their community. Colliding with those thoughts are worries that are always a concern of business owners which are fires.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, there are 7,410 structural fires pertaining to restaurants every year. Causing thousands of dollars in fire damage. 40% of restaurant fires occur in the kitchen caused by stoves, ovens, and other electrical as well as gas appliances. Lighting equipment and smoking are also contributing causes to restaurant fires.
A few tips to help prevent restaurant fires whether it’s a fast-food establishment, fast-casual, or fine dining.
- Include in your new employee training fire prevention and safety rules to be followed.
- Regularly train current employees on kitchen safety.
- Instruct all servers, cooks, and bussers on the fire extinguisher utilization.
- Have a designated area for smoking a safe distance from the building.
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