people eating dinnerOne of the most common types of restaurant insurance claims is fires. Fires can happen in any business, but the conditions present in many restaurants can increase the risks of fires. More so, grease-based fires or those that begin from electrical conditions and then spread rapidly as the result of grease can be very deadly and damaging. Restaurants may find they can reduce these risks significantly by putting in place key maintenance steps to reduce buildup and grease debris.

Vent Cleaning and Care

Most restaurants have large hoods that pull grease and smoke from the cooking surface out into vents at the roof level. This is one of the most common types of venting because it is highly effective at moving smoke away from the kitchen. However, the goal of these systems is to pull smoke away from the kitchen, but they also commonly pull particles of grease and cooking debris. Over time, this builds up along the walls of the hood and upwards into the venting to the roof. The more debris that builds up, the more likely it is that a fire can occur.

There are generally several steps restaurant owners can take to keep these systems clean.

  • Keep cooking surfaces as clear of grease as possible. For open vats, it is essential to keep covers on them when not in use to prevent splashing.

  • Most grill surfaces and open vats will have filters directly over them. These provide a screen that helps to collect some of the grease buildup. These should be removed and washed out nightly or any time they collect noticeable levels of grease buildup.

  • Proper vent and hood cleaning should be done by a licensed company. These professionals will properly cleanse these hoods and remove all or most of the material in them. This can be one of the most valuable ways to keep these systems clean. This should be done every six months.

In addition to taking these steps, it is also important for businesses to turn to proper maintenance and upkeep for all equipment. Doing this helps to reduce the frequency of having to file restaurant insurance claims for fires or damaged equipment. It is well worth keeping the business safe through these procedures.

Don’t forget about coverage. Call Exceed Insurance at (855) 539-2333 for more information on the restaurant insurance policies we offer.
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