Are you properly prepared to prevent a fire from happening in your house or kitchen? Do you have the necessary things like fire extinguishers and fire alarms? How often do you have fire extinguisher inspections and how often do you replace the batteries in your fire alarms? Without a commitment to ensuring preventative methods are in place, there is no guarantee you can prevent or put out a fire if one occurs.
Interested in learning more about what can cause fires to start in your home, kitchen or restaurant? Keep reading to learn what some of the common causes of fires are and why it is so important to regularly have fire extinguisher inspections.
Fire extinguishers are one method of fire protection that everyone should have access to in their home, kitchen or restaurant. Just adding one to all these locations won?t necessarily get the job done, though. You have to strategically place fire extinguishers throughout your home and make sure you have fire extinguisher servicing and inspections when needed.
When you are trying to decide where to place your fire extinguisher in your home or restaurant, consider that they should always be located closest to wherever the cooking occurs in the building. Experts say they should be within 30 feet of any location in the house or restaurant where cooking occurs. If they are further away, it may prove too difficult to get to the fire extinguisher in time or you may be blocked from reaching the fire extinguisher depending on how extreme the fire is from the start.
For fire extinguisher inspections and fire extinguisher recharge, it is recommended that you regularly have them looked at every six months. This means, you need to have a qualified and certified contractor come inspect and service all the fire extinguishers in your home, restaurant or commercial at least twice a year to guarantee they will work when needed. If you do not do this, you never know when your fire extinguisher will stop working or when it needs to be replaced. When the time comes when you desperately need the fire extinguisher, it may not perform properly resulting in property damage and potential harm to you and others inside the building.
A study found that when portable fire extinguishers were probably serviced, inspected and available for use, they were able to put out around 80 percent of 2,000 fire incidents that took place. With a statistic like this, it shows how essential it is to make sure your fire extinguishers are in the right location, properly serviced and properly inspected so that they can do their of putting out fires and potentially saving lives.
1. Deep fryers
If you work in or own a restaurant that has a deep fryer, you should pay very close attention to fire protocol. In a nonconfined restaurant building, deep fryers are one of the leading causes for fire ignition when it comes to kitchen equipment.
2. Wood- and charcoal-burning ovens
Ovens are also one of the top ways fires can start in buildings and kitchens. This is especially true in areas where an oven is near combustible materials. To work toward preventing a fire from breaking out, make sure to remove the ashes for the ovens every single day. Place them outside in metal containers so that they do not start a fire outdoors, either.
3. All other types of cooking equipment in restaurants
In restaurants where there is a variety of cooking equipment, the chances for a fire to start increases. In fact, cooking equipment causes the majority of fires that break out within an restaurant. They are so common that annually, fires in restaurants costs around $246 million in property damage.
Have you ever been involved in a fire where you used a fire extinguisher? How often do you hire a contractor to do fire extinguisher inspections and service for fire extinguisher in your home or kitchen? Let us know in the comments about your experiences using preventative measures for fires.