Fast food outlets are being urged to keep a closer eye on extraction maintenance after a spate of fires involving deep fat fryers.
The Fire Industry Association (FIA) insists fast food operators in the UK need to improve their fire provision to prevent potential incidents in their kitchens.
Fire crews recently attended a blaze at an Indian takeaway in Essex after an extractor fan caught fire, while a similar incident occurred a week later in Nottingham when a fire broke out in a deep fat fryer.
Robert Thilthorpe, technical manager of the FIA says the two fires underline the importance for takeaways to do all they can to prevent fires.
He told the FIA’s website: “In retail food outlets, particularly those that involve deep fat fryers, it is important that all ventilation equipment — cooker hoods, extractor fans — are kept clean to avoid the build of oils and fats which can catch fire and spread rapidly through the premises.”
Thilthorpe added that outlets which involve deep fat fryers should have as a minimum sufficient Class F portable fire extinguishers for the risk and the staff trained in their use.
“Consideration should also be given to the installation of a properly designed fixed kitchen suppression system protection t the deep fat fryer and extraction system,” he added.