One of the businesses for which a fire suppression system is a must is a restaurant. A fire can quickly occur on the stove, at which point the fire suppression system should kick on and extinguish the flames. One of the ideal things about such a system in a restaurant kitchen is that it's designed to specifically target the heat source. In other words, the sprinklers directly above the stove will kick on, but if the system cannot detect fire or heat elsewhere, the other sprinklers connected to the system will stay off. This means that you can quickly extinguish a kitchen fire without it necessarily disrupting your guests. Should a fire occur, here are some steps to take to avoid making a scene.
Air Out The Kitchen
As soon as the fire suppression system has put out the fire and you've deemed that your entire kitchen staff is safe, work to quell any smells that remain. An industrial-strength ventilation system should pull smoke out of the kitchen, so make sure that it's running at full capacity. Additionally, open any doors that lead outside from the kitchen, as well as any windows in this space. Be sure to shut the doors between the kitchen and the rest of the restaurant. This entire approach can allow the smoky smell to escape, rather than filter into the dining area.
Begin Dealing With The Water
The last thing you want is for water to seep across the floor of the kitchen and begin to flow into your dining area — this would be a sure sign of something amiss. Quickly have some kitchen staff members grab mops and begin to sop up the water. If necessary, use kitchen towels to form a makeshift dam to keep the water from flowing under the doors leading to the dining area. Additionally, you should ensure that your serves keep their shoes out of the water so they're not tracking wet footprints into the dining area.
Lead In A Calm Manner
It's always a good idea to ensure that you have plans for dealing with such an event. This is critical to keeping your staff calm and collected. You, too, should endeavor to be calm and to lead by example. The same goes for your senior kitchen staff. When a fire occurs, it's simply a matter of allowing the fire suppression system to put it out, and then everyone needs to chip in to deal with the aftermath so that the preparation and serving of food can continue in a timely manner.
For more information, contact a business such as Alexander Gow Fire Equipment Company.