8 Steps to Reduce the Risk of Fire at Your Bar or Restaurant

When it comes to fires, the best offense is a good defense. Here are some precautionary practices to help businesses safeguard their restaurants and bars against fires:

  • Install, maintain and professionally service all cooking equipment.
  • Clean all surface areas regularly and thoroughly to cut down on grease accumulation.
  • Hire professionals to clean the hood(s) and duct(s) at least twice a year, or more often for restaurants and bars that do extensive frying.
  • Clean grease filters based on cooking volume.
  • Mount Class-K portable fire extinguishers in kitchens, and post signs indicating they are for grease fires only. Train all staff on their use.
  • Keep a detailed log of when systems have been cleaned and by whom. Clearly mark the next date of service.
  • Position fryers at least 16 inches away from any flame-producing equipment.
  • Install an automatic fuel shut-off device that is actuated by the suppression system for cooking equipment.

fire_building_smWhile proper employee training and prevention efforts can substantially mitigate fire risks, restaurants’ and bars’ use of flames, oil and grease makes it difficult to fully fireproof these types of businesses. Instituting a prevention plan and maintaining a clean, properly cared for working space minimizes these hazards.

Read more about restaurant fires in this whitepaper, “Protecting Your Business: Identify and Eliminate Restaurant Fires.”

Society’s team of loss control experts, association partners and agents can help restaurant and bar owners ensure they have the proper practices and policies in place — right down to the smallest details — to prevent and recover from a fire. With extensive experience in insuring restaurants and bars, Society can provide policyholders with a custom plan that fits their needs. Get in touch with a Society agent today by visiting www.societyinsurance.com to learn more about how to best protect your business.

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8 thoughts on “8 Steps to Reduce the Risk of Fire at Your Bar or Restaurant

  1. bares en interlomas

    Hay que mantener una completa calma en esta clase de situaciones de extremo peligro, lo mas importante es tener calma, urgente una puerta de seguridad y salir en completo orden en una sola fila, sin correr, empujarse ni gritar.

  2. Tiffany Locke

    Installing an automatic fuel shut-off device that is actuated by the suppression equipment is excellent advice. Making sure you get a system to protect your restaurant from fires would be important. Looking into different fire suppression systems and finding a company that you can trust and that carries the type you want would probably help you ensure you get the best one for your needs.

  3. Chris Winters

    It makes sense that grease could be a very dangerous fire hazard and should be disposed of accordingly. I personally have been worrying about the danger of fire ever since my neighbor’s house was recently severely burnt. I think that we should have more fire suppression systems installed in order to keep our families and our properties safe from harm.

  4. Michael Robinson

    I think that what you had to say here about keeping your bar safe and sound was really insightful. One thing that I had never thought of before was that you should consider having professionals clean the hoods and ducts at least twice a year for the kitchen area of your bar. My buddies and I have always wanted to open up a bar, but we have no idea on how to run one efficiently. Thanks again for the post, and I think that if we can be safe while we learn, it would be an enjoyable journey!

  5. Callum Palmer

    These are some great tips; after all, safety should be your number one priority when running your bar. I particularly like that it gives warning about where to set up your kitchen fryers. After all, you want to keep that stuff as far as possible from anything flammable.

  6. Jim Long

    Will a pool hall or bar that does not have a kitchen or serve food require a sprinkler fire suppression system?


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