If you are operating a kitchen in your home, you should be aware that there are safety guidelines when it comes to the use of gas – even more so if you are operating a commercial kitchen. Without a doubt, you have to adhere to various gas safety standards for the protection of your staff as well as the protection of your customers. For instance, your gas appliances and units should be fitted and installed by a competent engineer. A competent and qualified engineer should also undertake the repair. Make sure you maintain and service your gas systems regularly to prevent leaks that can result in fires and explosions and the release of carbon monoxide. If you would like to know more about gas safety for your commercial kitchen, here’s your crucial guide.
What should you watch out for?
When you use gas appliances, you need to be aware of various warning signs that can become even clearer and more apparent as the safety and quality of the appliance deteriorate. For example, if you notice orange or yellow flames instead of blue flames, this could be a sign of a lack of air circulation. Meanwhile, if you see yellowish brown stains or soot on the appliance or around it, you should carry out an inspection and plan for a thorough cleaning of the appliance. If you see pilot lights continuously blowing out, you may also be dealing with gas appliances that are already malfunctioning. Another sign you should watch out for would be enhanced condensation on the inside of your kitchen windows; this could be a sign of a gas issue as well.
Important information on gas cookers
You have to know that there are national regulations and guidelines on standard unit measurements and safety gauges for gas systems and units. Your commercial kitchen should follow these guidelines and standards. Your gas cookers, in particular, should have proper clearance from surfaces or items which are combustible. For instance, range hoods should be at a minimum of 600 millimetres above a cooker or other cooking gadget or appliance. You should also make sure that your burners have a clearance of 200 millimetres unless a nearby surface or wall has adequate protection. You should also ensure that fluid which is highly combustible is safely locked up and stored.
More on gas safety
All your gas appliances, equipment, and hoses should be installed only by a Gas Safe engineer such as a commercial gas engineer in London from Gas way Commercial. But it’s not just the installation which should be carried out by a qualified gas engineer – everything to do with your gas system, including maintenance, service, and repair, should be done by a qualified engineer. The engineer should inspect the gas appliances as well as safety devices, pipe work, and flues at regular intervals (annual inspections are highly recommended). Safety inspections are particularly crucial since gas leaks can happen when the system or equipment does not receive adequate maintenance. To make your property even safer, make sure you have a list of gas safety procedures on the wall so that your employees can easily see it.
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