Safety is an important aspect when working in a kitchen, especially if it is a restaurant/hotel kitchen. Each and every piece of equipment needs to be thought of from a safety perspective when running a restaurant kitchen. That is why it is essential to consider a few things before opting for LPG in a restaurant or hotel kitchen.
Designing of LPG storage system:
The placement of LPG storage system in kitchen plays an important role in making it user friendly. Do make sure that all the LPG requirements like flow rate, peak load, safety etc. are met while designing the installation. Consult the technical expert for designing and choose robust and easy to maintain materials for storage.
Regular maintenance of the LPG installation:
Most of the hotels/restaurants opting for LPG make the mistake of poor maintenance. The proper maintenance of the LPG storage system is as equally important as the design. A well-maintained LPG connection runs smoothly and is good for everyone’s safety.
Periodic safety training:
It is important to provide all the staff/working members with safety training periodically to minimize hazards and accidents. Thus, any non-adherence to the safety procedures will be easily dealt with.
Uninterrupted fuel supply:
LPG is the lifeline of any food establishment, without it, the business would get affected. Make sure that there is an uninterrupted fuel supply in the hotel/restaurant.
Apart from the above-mentioned points, one should also make a note of the following Dos and Don’ts while handling LPG:
|Do restrict the area for authorized personnel only.||Don’t smoke in the kitchen.|
|Do turn off the LPG cylinder when not in use.||Don’t heat the cylinder.|
|Do clean the LPG storage area periodically.||Don’t keep the cylinder in horizontal position.|
|Do periodically check the cylinder for leaks.||Don’t handle the cylinder yourself in case of gas leakage.|
When working with LPG in commercial food establishments, stay alert and beware of all the hazards. A small precautionary step from your side may avert a mishap.