<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1148227851863248&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
toggle mobile navigation

Proper use of fire extinguishers

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jun 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

While on a site visit in downtown Milwaukee, a West Bend loss prevention associate recognized a fire extinguisher in a restaurant kitchen indicating it had been discharged. This was puzzling because the fire extinguisher had been serviced only a few weeks before. After questioning the manager, a startling discovery was made. In a well-intentioned attempt to test the effectiveness of the newly-inspected fire extinguisher, the manager had taken the canister outside and discharged it. It quickly became clear this process was followed for every fire extinguisher within the facility! If a real fire had broken out in the building, there would have been no viable options for containing the flames because all of the extinguishers had been depressurized.

Read More

Going Up in Flames

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Apr 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Fire is one of the biggest threats for restaurants and bars.  A recent study, completed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, found that as little as 3% of cooking oil residue left in towels after laundering can spontaneously combust.  Fibers in the towels trap oil and grease over time, creating an opportunity for combustion.  When people think of spontaneous combustion and towels, they usually think of solvent-soaked towels; however, towels soaked with cooking oil – vegetable or animal – present the same risks and potential loss. 

Read More

Safety Controls for your Restaurant

Posted by Brian Kiley on Jul 21, 2014 2:35:00 PM

By their very nature, restaurants present significant exposures when it comes to potential losses. That’s why owners and operators appreciate insurance companies surveying, or inspecting, their properties to find ways to prevent losses. Here are several safety controls you should have in place to help prevent or minimize losses at your restaurant.

Read More

Keep your Employees and Customers Safe!

Posted by Sherry Williams on Mar 21, 2014 9:15:00 AM

For the safety of your employees and customers, nothing can be more important than having a NFPA (UL300) system in your restaurant’s kitchen.

Read More

Are you UL300 Compliant?

Posted by Brian Kiley on Oct 12, 2012 1:16:00 PM

Restaurants are often a great fit for West Bend’s SMARTbusiness™ program. If you own a restaurant or are an insurance agent inspecting a risk for a current customer or future prospect, it’s important to be familiar with the UL300 compliance systems (UL300, Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishing Systems for Protection of Restaurant Cooking Areas). Why? Because these systems were designed to protect you! 

Read More