Kitchen FiresWestminster Compliance | 01/02/2018
Fires start in kitchens. They are commonplace and a regular occurrence – ask anyone serving for the fire and rescue service. By their nature it is often difficult to prevent this from happening and once started a kitchen fire can be difficult to manage. The consequences in a domestic dwelling can be devastating but even more so in a commercial kitchen where the build-up of grease in the extractor ductwork system can also increase the severity of the fire and its impact.
Within the workplace the responsible person is charged with the implementation of ideas, systems and actions to help prevent a fire from starting. So they need to ensure that all their fire safety equipment is maintained on a regular basis and that those who work in their kitchen have been trained in what to do in case of fire. They need to check for things such as damaged fire doors, inaccessible fire safety equipment and covered detectors.
Included in their program of fire safety should be a regular thorough and documented cleaning of the entire kitchen and also of the aforementioned ducting system. Responsible Persons should also keep themselves regularly informed of all the latest technological advances in fire safety and implement new ideas if they think that this will prevent the cause of a possible fire.
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