A commercial kitchen is a hotbed of activity that is centered around cooking equipment that is potentially dangerous if not managed properly. Restaurants and other businesses with commercial kitchens need to undergo regular fire inspections as required by local codes. This can help to avoid a major fire that can injure an employee or customer or put them out of business.
Restaurant peak season happens during the summer. It typically begins in late April and lasts through early September. The more you use your commercial kitchen, the more likely a fire may start. This is why the peak season is one of the most important times of the year for a fire inspection.
Fire inspections can help determine whether your current fire safety systems and procedures comply with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards—these are put in place for the safety of all employees and customers. With fire protection systems, the main goal is to protect human life. However, these systems also protect property and keep your business running by containing a fire and minimizing damage.
Restaurants also see an increase in business during the holiday season. Many people visit with family and friends at restaurants during the holidays. This is another good time to undergo fire inspections on your facilities and systems.
NFPA regulations require fire suppression systems in commercial kitchens to be inspected every six months—this works well because you can plan to do these during the peak seasons if you wish. For instance, performing fire safety inspections on your fire extinguishing systems in June and December will provide coverage for each peak season and minimize the risk of a fire.
According to NFPA:
- Solid fuel cooking operations need to be inspected monthly (every month).
- High-volume cooking operations (24-hour cooking, charbroiling, and wok cooking) need to be inspected quarterly (every three months).
- Moderate-volume cooking operations need to be inspected semiannually (every six months).
- Low-volume cooking operations (churches, senior centers, etc.) need to be inspected annually (every year).
Failing to comply with NFPA regulations puts your staff, patrons, and business at risk. In addition to compromising the safety of everyone in the building, those found in violation of NFPA regulations will be fined and forced to get their systems repaired before they are allowed to open back up for business.
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