Restaurants are places where people go to relax and have fun with family and friends. However, they can also be dangerous places. When cooking happens on such a large scale, the chance of fires increases. Here are some tips to keep your restaurant safe from fires.

1. Have a Fire Suppression System Plus Backup

Call a fire suppression company NYC to have an automatic system installed in your kitchen. Fire suppression systems for restaurants use chemicals to extinguish flames because putting water on a grease fire is dangerous. They can activate automatically when they detect a fire, but they also have a manual switch that you can use to turn it on.

In addition to the fire suppression system, have fire extinguishers available as a backup and instruct your employees on how to use them.

2. Create an Evacuation Plan

It’s not enough merely to have fire exits clearly marked for patrons to escape. You need to make sure that your employees know what to do in case of fire. For every shift, one staff member should be designated the evacuation manager. This person’s job is to make sure that everyone exits the building safely and calls 911 to summon the fire department.

3. Keep the Kitchen Tidy

Fire needs fuel to burn. Food, boxes, linens, and paper products can all feed a fire, so keep them away from sources of heat. Clean grease from exhaust hoods frequently and remove ashes from charcoal or wood-burning stoves on a daily basis. If you store flammable materials, store them away from sources of flame, food prep areas, and supplies.

4. Schedule Regular Maintenance

In addition to cleaning the exhaust hood, have the entire system inspected for grease buildup at least twice a year. Watch for electrical hazards such as broken switch plates or frayed wires and have regular inspections of the electrical system.

As a restaurant owner, you have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for your employees and your patrons.