A commercial kitchen is a hectic place with an abundance of heat and activity. One of the most underrated aspects of a safe, well-run commercial kitchen is its ventilation. Without ideal ventilation, the operation can become compromised. Major Fire Protection Corp, in Long Island City, NY, answers common questions about commercial kitchen ventilation.
Commercial Kitchen Ventilation FAQs
What Is Makeup Air?
Commercial kitchens use vast amounts of air. To compensate for the amount of air being used in the space, commercial kitchens must rely on makeup air — outside air that is pulled into the kitchen to keep conditions safe. The best ventilation systems will make ample use of makeup air to ensure enough cool air is flowing through commercial kitchens.
What Is a Negative Pressure Condition?
When not properly mitigated, the exhaustion of air created by commercial kitchens can lead to a negative pressure condition. A negative pressure condition is an environmental hazard that can cause subpar air quality, poor energy efficiency, and backdrafts. It usually leads to a stuffy, uncomfortable, and even dangerous workplace.
Can Inadequate Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Affect Employee Productivity?
Absolutely. The ideal temperature for work environments is between 71 and 77 degrees. Once you get into the high 70s and low 80s — as commercial kitchens are apt to do — productivity slows, mistakes start piling up, and employee satisfaction plummets. If you want to keep your workers happy and performing at a high level, make sure there's enough ventilation to keep temperatures cool.
Commercial kitchen ventilation should never be ignored, and it’s important to know how to handle a dangerous situation when ventilation fails. Major Fire Protection Corp has been providing fire prevention products to residents and businesses in and around Long Island City for 22 years. Major Fire offers a wide range of fire extinguishers — helpfully categorized in classes — including ones powerful enough to reliably put out fierce kitchen fires. Visit the fire experts' website to learn more about their products, or call them directly at (718) 784-5380.