Fire Protection for Restaurants in Virginia
Restaurants have a higher fire risk than other commercial buildings. The hot temperatures, flammable cooking oils, and hectic nature of a restaurant kitchen can all lead to a devastating grease fire. Fortunately, with the right fire protection equipment and fire prevention planning, you can avoid a tragedy in your Virginia restaurant.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that 7,410 restaurants in the US experienced significant fires each year between 2010 and 2014. These fires result in an average of three civilian deaths, 110 civilian injuries, and $165 million in property damage annually. Thankfully, as more restaurant owners make fire protection a priority, these numbers continue to decline.
If your restaurant in Virginia needs to be outfitted with fire protection systems, Guardian Fire Protection can help. Contact us online now to get started.
Fire Protection Equipment for Restaurants in Virginia
If you want to prevent your restaurant from succumbing to a fire, installing the proper fire protection equipment is vital. Here are the types of systems Guardian Fire Protection installs and services in Virginia restaurants:
- Commercial kitchen fire suppression systems: Cooking equipment starts more than 60 percent of restaurant fires. That’s why your commercial kitchen demands an automatic fire suppression system. This uses foam extinguishing agents to starve a fire of oxygen, putting out the flames quickly without leaving sticky, wet, or particle residue behind.
- Kitchen hood and vent systems: Commercial kitchens require an exhaust system to vent cooking fumes and heat outside. Just remember, grease particles build up in the hood over time, so you must schedule routine cleaning.
- Fire sprinklers: The remainder of your restaurant requires fire protection, too. Sprinklers in the in the dining area work to extinguish any fires that start or spread here.
- Emergency lighting: It’s possible for a fire or other emergency to cause a power outage, leaving your patrons in the dark. With emergency lighting in the dining area, everyone can see how to evacuate safely.
Fire Prevention Tips for Virginia Restaurant Owners
Installing fire protection equipment isn’t enough to prevent a fire. That’s why you should also have your staff trained in fire prevention best practices and know how to respond in a fire emergency.
Train Your Staff
- Clean all cooking and food preparation surfaces thoroughly. Dispose of ashes, dirty rags, garbage, and boxes at the end of the day.
- Maintain a clean, organized kitchen. Always store linens, paper products, and boxes away from cooking surfaces and heat sources, and store cooking fuels in containers that seal tightly.
- Only use cleaning solutions in well-ventilated areas, and wipe up spills immediately.
- Never smoke in the kitchen. Once cigarette butts are extinguished completely, dispose of them properly.
Know How to Respond in a Fire Emergency
- Never throw water on a grease fire because this only aggravates the flames and may cause them to spread.
- Use a Class K fire extinguisher against a grease fire.
- Utilize the PASS technique when operating a fire extinguisher—Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
- Keep the path to all doors and emergency exits clear at all times.
- Establish an evacuation plan. Make sure a designated staff member on each shift calls 911, oversees the evacuation, and makes sure all occupants exit the building safely.
- Confirm that all employees are familiar with the evacuation plan and know how to use a fire extinguisher. Offer formal emergency training once a year.
Restaurant Fire Protection Services in VA, MD & DC
If your restaurant requires kitchen hood suppression services or beyond, Guardian Fire Protection is here for you. Contact us now to schedule services in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, DC.
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