3/30/2012 - Ensuring fire safety in restaurants
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a list of helpful kitchen fire safety tips restaurant owners should follow.
Restaurants can become fire hazards if safeguards are not followed. Thus, restaurateurs should make sure to empty out grease traps from fryolators every night, clear away debris from ducts every now and then to minimize the risk of flue fires, and inspect electrical cords to ensure that they are intact.
Another important safety aspect is making sure employees and patrons have a quick exit route in the event of a fire. Not only should these exit points be free of anything that may impede traffic flow, but a fire extinguisher should be nearby as well, according to OSHA.
Finally, the agency recommends restaurant owners provide their employees with a set of rules that they should remember to follow in the event of a fire. Additionally, business owners should run a fire drill so that workers know the best course of action should a fire ever break out.