Catering cleaning specialist Ingot Services has called on institutions to reduce the risk of fires breaking out in commercial kitchens by paying as much attention to cleaning equipment as maintaining it.
Ipswich-based Ingot, which provides a range of industry deep cleaning services, inists commercial kitchen fires can rapidly take hold and present great danger to anyone within the vicinity.
Managing director Alan Maynard says it is important for kitchen operators not to take shortcuts with the cleaning process, especially in places like care homes where the evacuation of people might be difficult.
“Sadly, there are managers and business owners who choose to turn a blind-eye to something that can cause such devastation,” said Maynard.
“A regular deep clean of all the equipment, especially greasy extractor systems, is a simple and sensible way to reduce risks. It is much better to be greeting our team of professionals regularly than face the potentially awful consequences of loss of life when it could so easily be avoided,” he added.
Although fire safety legislation sets out steps that need to be taken to eliminate potential fire hazards, Maynard says some perils are “less easy to see” and this is certainly the case with kitchen ventilation and extracting systems, where build-ups of grease are common.