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Kitchen Emergency Procedures

Virtual Office - Emergency Procedures
Virtual Office Flash introduction – Emergency Procedures
Objects Hazards Possible Controls
Burning fat and fires
  • Overheated cooking oil (e.g. in a deep fryer) may catch fire on stovetop
  • Hotplates or burners which remain hot enough to start fires 
  • Provide fire blanket and extinguisher in a prominent position adjacent to stovetop
  • Display simple brief instructions in how to use fire blanket to smother flames from burning fat or oil
  • Display the telephone number to call for assistance and to alert emergency services should they be required
  • When purchasing cook top, select one which has warning lights to alert users to hot surfaces
Electrical fire
  • Short circuit in electrical equipment or appliance
  • Ensure that fire extinguisher in the kitchen area is safe for use on electrical fires
  • Check that extinguisher is included on list for regular testing, and has been tested recently
  • Ensure that staff are aware of procedures when dealing with electrical fires
Leaking gas
  • Leaking gas may explode or fumes overcome workers in proximity of leak
  • Ensure that your workplace has an established procedure for dealing with gas leakage and can quickly shut off gas supply at meter or from valve outside building
Fire control
  • Lack of fire extinguishers, fire blankets or smoke alarms
  • Poorly maintained fire extinguishers and or smoke alarms
  • Untrained staff administrating fire control
  • Consult the building code to determine what fire controls are required
  • As part of regular safety checks ensure smoke alarms and fire extinguishers have been tested and repaired if required (refer to state and territory requirements for testing and maintenance)
  • Provide appropriate training to staff in administrating fire control (e.g. fire extinguishers, fire blankets)
Emergencies / evacuations
  • Lack of emergency signage
  • Signs not in place or not lit as required
  • Lack of emergency procedures / programs
  • Staff untrained in evacuation procedures
  • Check that appropriate emergency signage is in place, appropriately lit and is regularly tested and is fully operational
  • Check that kitchen area has clear path to emergency exits by more than one route
  • Develop appropriate emergency procedures / programs
  • Conduct regular emergency evacuation drills to test procedures / programs and systems
  • Ensure emergency contacts receive appropriate training for coordinating emergency responses
  • Ensure all workers are familiar with all emergency response procedures, emergency alarm sounds and be able to act accordingly