Posts made in November, 2015

Restaurant Owners: Don’t Let One Of These Common Fire Safety Issues Lead To Destruction

In any restaurant kitchen, there is a risk of a fire. Fire safety systems and protocols are put into place in an effort to prevent fires and to ensure that if one does break out, it is dealt with promptly. However, common fire safety issues in kitchens compromise these efforts. If you want to reduce the risk of your restaurant going up in flames, make sure you look for and address these issues.

Uncovered extinguisher nozzles.

Whether you have a water sprinkler system or an Ansel system, you need to make sure the nozzles that emit the water or chemical extinguisher product are kept covered. The rubber caps will blow off automatically if the system must be used — don’t take them off thinking they will block the flow. When the nozzles are left exposed, they can become clogged with grease, which may keep them from spraying effectively if there is a fire.

If you notice that your nozzles are missing caps, it is a good thing to have them properly cleaned, and then to invest in new caps to put on them. Ensure that all of your staff members know never to remove the caps from the sprinkler nozzles.

Fire suppression systems that don’t cover all appliances.

It is common for kitchens to accumulate new appliances and to simply set them next to the others, not realizing that they extend out from underneath the fire suppression system. Before you get a new fryer, cook top, or other appliance, make sure there is room underneath the sprinkler system for it. If there is not, you will need to make changes to your kitchen layout or have the sprinkler system extended to cover it.

If you have appliances that are not currently located underneath your sprinkler system, stop using them until you can have your sprinkler system extended. If a fire breaks out in a fryer or stove that is not under the sprinklers, the whole building could be up in flames by the time the fire department arrives.

Failure to have the fire suppression system serviced regularly.

In many jurisdictions, you must have your fire suppression system inspected on a regular basis (once a year or once every few years) to ensure it is working properly and does not have any developing issues. If you fail to do this, you may find that when a fire breaks out, your system is of little to no use. Always pay close attention to your records and have your fire suppression system inspected as soon as it is due. If the inspector finds anything wrong with the system, have repairs made as soon as possible to avoid emergencies.

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3 Tips To Keep Your Septic In Good Working Order

Even though many homes have garbage disposals installed in them, that doesn’t mean they are in the best interest of your septic system. Sure it chops all of the food you put into it into tiny pieces, but those pieces are actually quite harmful to your septic system. They aren’t going to end up breaking down in the tank. Over time, they cause clogs in the leach field. If you are dead set on using your garbage disposal, there are a few things you need to do to make sure you don’t cause problems with your drain field that could have been avoided in the first place.

Monitor Your Disposal

While no one can monitor every single thing that goes into their garbage disposal, you can try to keep the trash to a minimum. Anything from grease to coffee grounds, leftover food, cigarettes, and paints shouldn’t be put into your drain. If at all possible, take all of the food scraps and put them in compost. Fewer toxins in your system will keep it running better for longer.

Refrain from Using Harsh Cleaners

A garbage disposal is going to end up smelling at some point in time or another. When they do start smelling, you don’t want to throw a bunch of cleaning agents or deodorizers in them. All of these common products that people tend to use are going to kill off your good bacteria that your system needs to operate properly. Use a safe cleaner made of vinegar and baking soda. Spice it up with a hint of lemon juice for a clean, fresh scent.

Pump Your System More Often

By using the garbage disposal, you are letting more solid matter into your tank. Because of that, you will need to have someone come out to your home and empty your tank more often. All of those food particles are going to cause the sludge to build up quickly. The last thing you want is the sludge going into your leach field. Stop it in its tracks by having someone come out and drain the system on a regular basis. In doing so, you prevent your system from backing up and keep your leach field clean and clear.

By taking the information above and putting it to use in your everyday life, you can keep your system working better for longer. It saves your system and saves you a lot of hassle and headache along the way. For more information, talk to a sewer service like DBR Plumbing.

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Earthquake and tornadoes were my biggest fear as a child. They still in someways are, but as I'm building more and more homes, I've begun learning about the different safety measures that are incorporated with the architectural designing. I think it's good to know where the best places to stand are in case of the natural disaster, and which places to avoid. As I've done research I've learned how glass can shatter and much further then what I thought –which has helped me mentally prepare myself to stay away from windows. I think the best way to be prepared for anything is to become educated on it, which is why I'm maintaining this site.