Because the use of heat and flames is a core component of the business that restaurants do, kitchen fires are always a risk. To reduce this risk, it is important to install fire safety systems.
Kitchen Hood Fire Suppression Systems
Most restaurants are legally required to install some type of hood system over their cooking equipment. Some cities and counties may also require hood systems over appliances that emit steam, such as dishwashers and steam tables. A commercial vent hood Staten Island NY helps filter grease, steam and other emissions from the air which can reduce your fire risk. Hoods with fire suppression systems can also detect and extinguish cooking equipment fires.
Sprinkler systems are also required by law in many commercial buildings. Sprinkler systems activate whenever the temperature exceeds a certain threshold. Unlike in the movies, sprinklers are usually individually activated, so that they can douse small fires without spraying the entire building.
Fire alarms provide an early warning system. When an alarm detects a fire, it makes a loud sound to alert staff and guests in your business that they should contact the fire department and evacuate the building. Some alarms also include flashing lights for hearing impaired people. Fire alarms give your staff and guests more time to safely escape a fire and to alert authorities before the fire spreads.
Fire extinguishers provide your staff with a means of putting out small fires before those fires can spread. Extinguishers need to be inspected regularly and you will need to train your staff on using them. Your staff needs to know what types of fires are safe to attempt to extinguish.
These fire safety systems can help you reduce the chance of fires occurring and minimize the impact of fires that do occur. Regular inspections are required to keep your safety systems working effectively.