What Are The Common Causes Of Kitchen Fires?
When cooking in the kitchen it is important to make the effort to clean all kitchen surfaces.
Cooking in a clean environment without any build-up of oils and grease can aide in preventing kitchen fires within your home. A greasy kitchen can pose a risk as it encourages the ignition of a fire.
In the event of a kitchen fire in your home, a fire blanket is a good tool to keep handy as they are designed to handle fires that are caused by cooking oils and fats.
These types of fire are otherwise known as a “class F fires”. Please refer to our this detailed blog about Fire Blankets.
- Faulty and Unsafe Equipment or Appliances.
Updating and maintaining your kitchen appliances is imperative when preventing a “class f” (kitchen) fire.
Using old or damaged equipment could potentially cause an electrical fire due to the appliance overheating or sparking.
To maintain safety, it is recommended to have your kitchen equipment and appliances routinely tested and tagged.
- Complacency in the Kitchen.
Becoming complacent or being unaware of some common kitchen safety procedures could be the cause of a fire within your kitchen.
Ensuring that staff are properly inducted in the required procedures and dangers in the kitchen is essential.
Just the simple mistake of turning your back on an open flame could be all it takes to bring the devastation of a fire to your workplace.
A ventilation system is an essential part of any commercial kitchen.
They help to recycle the air within the vicinity and reduce the amount of smoke and smells that maybe hanging around.
If the ventilation system isn’t looked after and maintained regularly, then grease and soot can build up and ignite when the ducts reach high temperatures.
To reduce the risk of a ventilation fire, it is important to be sure that the system is regularly cleaned and maintained.