How A Good Kitchen Layout Lowers Risk Of Fire
All kitchens, whether they are at home or in a restaurant will require the use of fire or some form of heat. It doesn’t matter whether the kitchen uses electric stovetop burners and an electric oven or their gas counterparts, temperatures will get high and the risk of a fire starting is always a possibility.
Although it is part of the fire safety code to have nearby fire extinguishers in case of an emergency and to install a state of the art kitchen suppression system, starting with a good kitchen layout also matters. Here are some examples of how the kitchen layout can help lower the risk of fire:
A busy kitchen will have several crew members bustling around at any given time. When the cooking areas do not have enough space to freely and safely move around, the chances of an accidental fire are increased. The floor plan of the kitchen must account for enough space in between working areas, the stove, and other equipment to prevent bumps, crowding, and accidents.
Setup Grease Trap Away From Heat
Grease fires are notoriously hard to put out and they are also very combustible. Although having a reliable kitchen suppression system ready to activate in case of a grease fire, it is best to set up the wash area away from the fire and heat source. A grease fire does not necessarily need a live fire to ignite, with enough heat it can result in a fire.
It is best to station the washing area away from the stovetop and the oven, especially if the kitchen regularly deals with deep-fried food options.
Proper Dry Goods Storage
Ingredients that are stored inside boxes and other flammable packaging must be kept separate and away from the source of heat and fire inside the kitchen. Flammable packaging can quickly catch fire and spread all over the kitchen area and beyond. Be sure to plan out a dedicated storage area for all the dry goods that they are secure and away from heat. Doing this will also help preserve the ingredients for longer so you don’t have to throw any heat-sensitive items.
Keep Floors Clutter-Free
Another storage issue that should be addressed is keeping food, cooking utensils, and anything else on the floor. Not only do crowded floors lead to spills and accidents, but it is also a fire hazard. All kitchen floors should be clean, kept grease-free, and clutter-free. This way, the kitchen staff can make a quick exit in case of an emergency.
Easy To Find And Reach Fire Safety Equipment
All commercial and residential kitchens must have the right fire safety equipment. However, having them on hand will be useless if the staff cannot locate the equipment in time. Invest in signs that direct people on the location of the fire extinguishers so that they can act fast before the fire spreads.
Do not forget to do regular fire safety drills with the kitchen staff so that they know how to react in case of an emergency. As long as the kitchen keeps up with the fire safety standards, serious fires can be avoided.
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