PLACENTIA AND LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA— The Los Angeles Hood cleaning company American Professional Services (APS-Hoods) recently released a list of five tips that could help prevent a restaurant fire from causing costly, extensive damage.
Massoud Farazandeh, chief executive officer of APS-Hoods, created the tip sheet in hope of assisting restaurant owners and managers in improving safety in their kitchens, particularly after reading several reports of California restaurant fires that have broken out in 2010, said the kitchen exhaust hood expert.
1-Get commercial kitchen hoods, fans and ducts regularly cleaned by a professional commercial hood company.
Doing this simple task prevents grease buildup. Removing grease buildup regularly means that a potential fuel source is removed. Failing to do so could make a small fire cause additional damage, Farazandeh said. Restaurants using deep fryers, vegetable oils or charbroilers should have them cleaned about every three months. Those with smokehouses or wood fires should have systems cleaned monthly.
No restaurant should go longer than six months in between each cleaning, said Farazandeh, whose company specializes in Los Angeles, CA hood cleaning services.
2. Install a fire suppression system.
Commercial kitchen fire suppression systems should include tanks on the wall that are filled with suppression chemicals and are piped to a location beneath the stove hood, according to information posted on the National Restaurant Association website.
3. Purchase fire insurance.
It also is a good idea to carry business-interruption insurance, Farazandeh said. This is helpful in the event that a fire breaks out that results in the business being closed while repairs are made.
4. Offer basic fire prevention training to employees.
Make sure staff is aware that they must look for and identify possible fire hazards such as smoking in or near storage areas and storing or using chemicals in areas that lack proper ventilation. At least one employee on every shift ought to know how to shut off electricity and gas and in the event of an emergency, Farazandeh said.
5. Offer training in how to react in the event of a fire.
Have a site plan that shows where fire exits are and designate one employee per shift to be evacuation manager. Create a meet-up location close to the restaurant where everyone rallies in case of evacuation.
If you would like more information about Los Angeles, CA hood installation or Los Angeles, CA hood sale services, please call APS-Hoods: (800) 750-7313, or visit the company’s Web site: http://www.aps-hoods.com/
American Professional Services (APS-Hoods) is a full-service restaurant fire protection business that installs, services, repairs and performs routine inspections and sales for hood and fire suppression systems. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Massoud Farazandeh in 1989, APS-Hoods has grown into a national leader in hood sales and fire protection for restaurants and facilities. APS provides superior service, a http://www.aps-hoods.com/quality-guarantee/quality-guarantee-item.html quality guarantee and maintains a highly qualified and dependable staff. All crew members are professionally trained to comply with the http://www.nfpa.org/aboutthecodes/AboutTheCodes.asp?DocNum=96 National Fire Prevention Association Standards and state and local codes. APS-Hoods is fully insured and bonded. They are licensed in the mechanical and electrical fields, as well as fire protection contracting. APS-Hoods is affiliated with the National Fire Protection Agency and the Colorado Division of Fire Safety Fire Suppression Program.
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