Specialist Fire Protection Services Harpenden – Domestic & Commercial

Fire Safety Risks in Cafes, Restaurants & Takeaways


9th September 2019  – 

Fire Safety Risks in Cafes, Restaurants & Takeaways

Running a successful food business and juggling the everyday demands it brings isn’t easy, but fire safety should still be top priority. As any experienced restaurateur knows, fires in commercial kitchens are a common occurrence and can have serious costs and disruption to your business.

To help prevent these fires, it’s important to identify the common risks and know what you need to watch out for:

Ducting – ensure that you clean your extraction system regularly as debris can build up leaving your ducting as a fire hazard.

Electrics – make sure that you get your portable appliances tested such as kitchen blenders or radios. 

Lighting – make sure that lighting isn’t placed too close to flammable material as this will increase the risk of fire.

Cooking – beware of overheating oils used for cooking.

Tumble dryers – drying towels can overheat in the dryer, remember to regularly check the dryer.

Outdoor areas – patio heaters and gas supplies need to be handled carefully.

Storage and rubbish – keep fire escape routes clear at all times and ensure rubbish is disposed of and not left in piles as this increases the risk of fire.

Surfaces – it goes without saying that your kitchen surfaces should be clean but special attention must be paid to keeping areas free of oil and grease.

Clothing – loose clothing should not be worn when cooking, sleeves should be rolled up and hair tied back. Aprons are useful to keep clothes away from flames and catching fire.

Closing checks – we all know how easy it is to forget to turn the oven or an appliance off so it’s important that at the end of each day a final check is carried out in each room to ensure that everything is properly switched off.

For more information on fire safety in the food industry or how Fire Guard Services can help your business with fire safety in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, please contact Fire Guard Services today!