While electrical appliances are quite popular in kitchens worldwide, many people still prefer gas appliances for their high and even heat. But some people are hesitant about installing gas appliances, especially in a commercial kitchen, since there is a notion of danger attached to the cooking fuel. While the concern is warranted, fire hazards can be prevented with a proper installation.
Ensure Your Commercial Kitchen Is Suitable for Gas Appliance Installation
There are a couple of questions you must ask yourself before you decide to install a gas stove or oven in your commercial kitchen.
Does your commercial kitchen comply with local fire regulations? That is because gas appliances need a gas line that meets a certain capacity threshold. If it is not, you will have to change the space’s interior design or hire a licensed gas company to facilitate the gas line installation.
Second, does your kitchen have the proper ventilation system? If you install a gas range or oven, you need to ensure your commercial kitchen has adequate ventilation. A ventilation system is crucial to get rid of the smell of gas, which is quite dangerous in a commercial kitchen.
Third, has your commercial kitchen installed a carbon monoxide and gas leak detector? These detectors are crucial for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning. They are also a warning indicator of gas leaks in the building.
Lastly, does your kitchen have more than one exit? If there is only one exit and that exit is blocked by a fire, then the likelihood of being trapped in the building increases. Having a secondary exit is imperative in a commercial kitchen.
Perform a Gas Appliance Inspection
Always ensure the gas appliance, i.e. gas range or gas oven, is in proper working condition. The gas lines should be free from any blockages, especially since using a high-temperature appliance.
Check if the gas line is connected correctly. Never attempt to use a gas appliance if you notice a leak in the gas line.
Check the gas range for any damage. Pay close attention to the burners and the burner ports, which are most likely to be damaged. A small crack can turn into a bigger problem over time.
Verify the gas range has a functioning ignition system. Electrical problems can cause fire hazards. The ignition system must work properly, especially if you use an electric oven.
Check the appliance parts that get hot, such as the grates and the oven door, for any damage.
Check if the gas appliance is in proper working condition. They should open and close properly.
Finally, check the appliance’s internal fittings for corrosion or leaking.
Make Sure a Qualified Professional Is in Charge of the Installation
It is crucial to hire a qualified professional to install the gas appliances in your commercial kitchen. They should be properly trained and certified to handle gas appliances.
A gas appliance installation company will test the gas lines before they bring in the gas appliances. This test is crucial to ensure that the installation will be successful.
Installing gas appliances in a commercial kitchen is relatively straightforward. However, it is crucial to ensure your space complies with local fire regulations and your ventilation system is in proper working condition. In addition, you have to have a qualified professional in charge of installing the gas appliances and conducting a test to ensure the appliances are in proper working condition.
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