Safety First: Staying out of hot water


Whether you’re just offering tea and biscuits, or hosting larger-scale catered events, every kitchen needs to have appropriate heat and hot water safety measures in place.

Why it matters
With numerous different groups making use of your kitchen, it’s vital that it’s a safe environment for everyone. From fitting appropriate ventilation, fire doors, and hot surface indicators, to providing guidance on how to use hobs, ovens and boiling water, for your own peace of mind it’s good to consider and mitigate every potential heat-related risk.

Here are a few ways that a Steelplan Kitchen can help make sure you’re operating safely.

A safe layout
How and where everything is positioned in your kitchen will determine how safe the environment is to work in. The Steelplan Kitchens team will work with you to design a kitchen with well-placed appliances, appropriate ventilation, and hot surfaces and hobs that are easy to manage.

Fit an instant water boiler
Apart from being quicker and easier to use - particularly when you’re catering for large groups - instant water boilers are also much safer than kettles. Rather than having to fill, boil and carry multiple appliances, an instant boiler provides one immediate source of boiling water, so you can make tea and coffee, or access hot water for cooking, instantly. An urn is also an option, but it’s important to make sure it’s stored safely and positioned in a safe place when in use.

Install shutters
It’s not just cooking appliances that can make a kitchen dangerous; people can sometimes have that effect too! An overcrowded kitchen can lead to avoidable accidents, no matter how well-intentioned the impromptu volunteers are, so consider installing shutters to help keep people at bay. Whether you need a hatch to pass food and drink through, or full length doors to manage people coming in and out, we can advise on the best solution to make sure your kitchen runs safely and smoothly.

Damage free surfaces
The great thing about a semi-commercial build kitchen is that it can withstand the inevitable mess you can expect from catering for multiple groups of people. The hardwearing surfaces in a Steelplan Kitchen are strong and durable and built to cope with hot pans and liquid spills, so you can concentrate on the cooking without worrying too much about the cleaning afterwards.

To discuss how Steelplan Kitchens can help you design a kitchen to meet your church’s needs, call 0844 809 9186.


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