Electrical And Fire Safety Tips For Commercial Kitchens

Whether you're running a five-star restaurant or a small, coffee shop kitchen, many concerns will come up about electrical and fire safety. After all, these represent a large portion of the liability for your business, given that a problem with either of them could lead to personal injury or large amounts of property damage. Here are some of the tips you need to follow when setting up a safe commercial kitchen:

Don't Substitute Home Appliances for Commercial Ones

The first tip for a small kitchen is: don't use personal use appliances for your business. You may have a fancy blender at home that works wonders, but it's not going to hold up to the heavy use that will be required from a commercial blender. Each piece of equipment has a rating that shows how often it's supposed to be used. Most electrical equipment isn't designed for continuous, heavy use, and it's likely to burn out quickly if it's used too often. Or, worse, it could start a fire.

Go Above and Beyond on Fireproofing

Fireproofing for kitchens is a bit more complicated than for other commercial businesses. There is a lot of specialized equipment for fire suppression. A popular option is pressurized air usage instead of sprinklers. Fire alarms, smoke detectors, and emergency number dialers are critical to any operation that deals with the public. Having easy to access fire extinguishers will help too. Don't forget to budget for a generous fire insurance policy.

Hire a Good Electrician

An electrician will be someone you need to consult on a regular basis. Kitchen equipment takes up a lot of energy, and so it makes sense that you would want to check on its functioning on a regular basis. Your electrician is going to check the wiring of the building and the performance of your electrical equipment. Besides that, they will probably remind you about infrastructure upgrades you could make to make your building more electrically sound.

Hire a Locksmith

A commercial locksmith will serve to help you lock up electrical and heating equipment in your kitchen when a manager isn't there; you don't want unqualified employees using the equipment without supervision or training.

Train and Monitor Staff

Finally, you can do all of the planning you want for your business, but if your staff aren't properly trained, you've still got a big fire and electrical hazard. Set aside the budget for training employees on proper safety techniques. Make it clear what's expected and what the penalties are for not abiding by safety standards. And follow up; regular reviews of employees' safety skills will help you reduce your company's risk.