A kitchen fire is something no restaurant owner wants to think about. While restaurant operators should be taking steps to prevent fires from starting in the first place, there is always a risk that something could go wrong. Luckily, fire codes require commercial kitchens to include fire suppression systems that can stop a fire before it gets out of control.
As with any piece of life safety equipment, kitchen fire suppression systems need to be inspected regularly. Kitchen fire suppression system inspections have three main purposes:Read More
You may know that providing portable fire extinguishers in the workplace is a must. But what is the best way to store fire extinguishers so they are readily available in case of a fire? Fire extinguishers not only need to be within easy access, but they need to be properly and safely stored to keep them in proper working order.
Here are three best practices for storing fire extinguishers in the workplace.Read More
Most people learned “the drill” about fire drills while in school. When the building’s fire alarm would sound, everyone would quickly and quietly follow the teacher outside and wait for instructions. While you may not be in school any more, practicing fire and life safety procedures in the workplace is critically important for employee safety. The National Fire Protection Agency reports an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year.Read More
Food, family, and friends—the holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate the good things in life! During this joyous but hectic time, be sure to keep yourself and your loved ones safe by keeping fire safety top of mind.
Fire safety is especially important in the kitchen this time of year. Thanksgiving is the biggest cooking day of the year. Unsurprisingly, it’s also the peak day for home cooking fires in the U.S., followed closely by the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Christmas Eve. In 2015, fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving.Read More
Fire extinguishers typically go unnoticed on a day-to-day basis. Unless you suddenly need an extinguisher to fight a fire, they’re fairly easy to forget. Your to-do list is long enough without having to think about your building’s fire safety equipment, too.
Unfortunately, forgetting about your business’s portable fire extinguishers doesn’t release you from your OSHA obligations. All employers must inspect, maintain, and test portable fire extinguishers in the workplace--and your inspections and tests should comply with fire extinguisher inspection requirements in both frequency and method.Read More