Fire extinguishers are an important part of many restaurant kitchen fire systems. However, it's not enough to simply have a fire extinguisher on hand. Your kitchen's fire extinguisher must be inspected and maintained in order to ensure that it will be available and ready in the event of a kitchen fire. In addition, your employees must be trained to use the extinguisher. These tips will help you inspect and maintain your kitchen's fire extinguisher.
Inspect the Location
Check the place where the fire extinguisher is located to ensure that it's unobstructed and easy to reach. If the fire extinguisher is hanging on the wall, Look for obstructing pieces of furniture could make it more difficult to reach the extinguisher quickly. If anything is now in the way of the extinguisher, have it relocated to an empty area on the wall.
Practice Removing the Extinguisher
Practice picking up the fire extinguisher and holding it in your hands, ready to discharge. If the fire extinguisher is hanging from a holder on the wall, ensure that it is resting in the holder appropriately, so that it's easy to remove.
Inspect for Wear and Tear
Look over the unit for signs of damage, like punctures or wear on the hose, dents in the canister and other signs that the fire extinguisher may have been compromised.
Check the Level of Charge
Fire extinguishers have a charge that goes down over time. When the charge drops below a certain level, it stops working properly. Check the dial on the fire extinguisher to ensure the fire extinguisher is fully charged.
Educate Your Employees
Once you've inspected your fire extinguisher, it should be ready to use in the event of a fire. However, it's not enough for the fire extinguisher to be accessible, because your employees must also be prepared to use it. Follow up each inspection with an employee orientation that trains them to use and store the fire extinguisher. Orient all new employees, and re-train old employees who have not had the training for a year or more. Have the employees mimic the motions that they would go through if they needed to use the fire extinguisher.
Doing all this on a monthly basis will ensure that your fire extinguisher is ready to be used in the event of a kitchen fire. For more information, speak with a customer service representative from the company that designed your kitchen's fire suppression system.