You probably have a lot of thing to worry about as a restaurant owner, but one thing that you might not want to think about is the idea of a fire starting in your commercial kitchen. This is always a possibility, including the risk of an electrical fire, so it's important to be careful. These are a few signs that your restaurant could be at risk of one of these fires:
1. You're Using Worn-Out Commercial Kitchen Appliances
Using older commercial kitchen appliances can save you and your business money, but you won't be saving anything if your equipment causes an electrical fire. Carefully inspect the cords for all of your equipment, and replace any cords that are frayed or otherwise worn out.
Also, have equipment inspected or replaced if it sparks or has strange burn patterns anywhere on it, such as near the burners or near the back of the unit, near the cord.
2. You Use Overly Wet Mopping and Cleaning Routines
Keeping your commercial kitchen clean is obviously a top priority. However, if overly wet mopping and cleaning routines are in use, this water could come in contact with electrical cords or other electrical components and could cause an electrical fire. As you probably already know, water and electricity do not mix, so it's important to exercise caution when cleaning your commercial kitchen.
Make sure that all cords are out of the way when you or your employees are mopping or cleaning with water, and make sure that the water does not get into any electrical outlets. Consider going back through and drying everything off to help prevent electrical fires.
3. Your Wiring Hasn't Been Inspected
If you are operating your restaurant out of an older building and have never had your electrical wiring inspected, there could be problems that you don't know about. Also, if you have been operating your restaurant for several years and have not hired an electrician, you could have something to worry about.
It's a good idea to hire an electrician to come out every few years to ensure that your outlets, wiring and other components of your electrical system are in safe, good condition.
An electrical fire should obviously be avoided in your commercial kitchen at all costs. If any of these three things apply to your restaurant, now is the time to start making changes. Otherwise, you could be putting yourself, your employees, your property and your customers at serious risk. If you need help, contact commercial electricians for more information.