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For those who are experienced working in kitchens, they know the dangers and hazards that come with working with gas. Gas has a volatile property and in a kitchen, where majority of the cooking is done with the help of fire, this has the property to become extremely unsafe. If children are present, they could unknowingly set something on fire and if your gas connection is in poor condition, the results could be very disastrous. Most of domestic households have to make sure that the gas connection pipeline as well as the cylinder present are serviced regularly to ensure and guarantee full safety.


But more often than not, households make sure that gas equipment is serviced regularly. This is a very important process that could possibly save your life. It hardly takes over half an hour at the most to do so and it is a very useful and safe process. The pipes that connect the main gas line to start the fire to one’s kitchen cooker or any other place has to be of the strongest and most insulating material. A service-man will make sure that it is in good condition every once or twice a month. Even with a bad pipeline, there could be sudden dangers. It is up to the owners to make sure that all volatile equipment is in safe distance of fire, and even while cooking there is absolute safety on all accounts.


This brings us to the safety measures that people have to take to ensure safety. First and foremost, the gas connection should be of a reliable source and all the guidelines and standards are taken care of. The person who is responsible for filling, loading and unloading gas cylinders should be reliable and experienced. If he isn’t, there could be a few errors that could be committed that may cause a few problems. The other thing is to make sure that after cooking, the gas is turned off. Always. Some careless and absent-minded people have the tendency to not close the cooker properly after use and forget about it, later on, it could fill the room with gas. And even the smallest spark is enough to cause a massive explosion and disaster.


Gas cylinders that are used in households mainly, must be placed in a vertical manner unless specified otherwise. Secondly, there should be checks always to confirm that the cylinder is the right one to be used. Gas cylinders must not be used for any other purpose apart from transport and storage of gas. Cylinders must never be dragged, rolled or dropped, this could cause friction in some conditions which could lead to fire. When cleaning cylinders, care must be taken to ensure that the valves are closed tightly to avoid any leakage of gas. If there is even a doubt of gas leakage, call up an expert or a fire department to make sure that the place is quarantined off. And always make sure that gas equipment is serviced regularly.

Preventive Maintenance for Better Temperature Optimization in Refrigerators

Commercial refrigeration equipment is equipment used for storing foods, to merchandise food purposes in the retail industry for example supermarkets and also in the food service industry. It can also be described as equipment that gives cold storage for a dining facility or a commercial kitchen. It includes commercial freezers, self- contained and remote condensing refrigerators, commercial refrigerator freezers and commercial ice- cream freezers.


Food managers are advised to comply with green mandates, energy challenges and also utility incentives to save operating cost and also avoid food illness. The lower temperature in the refrigerators helps to lower the rate at which the bacteria that causes food spoilage to reproduce. Optimum temperature for storage of perishable food is 3 to 5 degrees Celsius. A refrigerator is supposed to maintain a temperature above water freezing point. Foods like meat, eggs, poultry, sea foods, dairy products, raw seeds sprout and cooked rice or potatoes promote the growth of bacteria. If left for four hours in 41 degrees to 135 degree the foods can be hazardous.


Another preventive maintenance for temperature optimization is by maintaining your commercial refrigerators between 34 degrees and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. To maintain this temperature one should use refrigerators thermometer. This low temperature helps to prevent food spoilage, growth of micro organisms and also spoilage of enzymes.


One should also keep the freezer at zero degrees or even below to maintain the quality of the frozen foods. The foods in the freezer will last for long if they are stored in temperatures of between -10 to 20 degree Fahrenheit. In fluctuating temperatures the food will get spoilt easily because the micro organisms will grow under warmer temperatures. Other freezers which are known as self –defrosting freezers damage food quality because of the fluctuation of temperatures in them. Even though storing foods in freezers keeps the food from spoiling, it does not stop the foods from changing in color, losing the flavor and it also loses the nutritional quality of the food.


When foods that are stored in the refrigerators are thawed at room temperature, micro organisms grow at the food surface due to warming of the food. The freezers temperature keeps the food from spoiling but they do not destroy the spoilage micro organism. This shows that it is not healthy to eat foods that are directly refrigerated to avoid falling sick or even resulting to death due to the spoilage micro organisms.


One should also dust off his or her condenser coils which are on the rear. The coils help in proper air flow in the refrigerator. One should use a condenser coil brush to remove hairs and dust in the coil. When the air in the coil is blocked, there will be no air circulation causing the refrigerator to have bad odors which may result to food spoilage affecting any person who will consume the foods The refrigerators at home or even the commercial refrigeration equipment should be kept at optimum temperature to avoid food spoilage and growth of food spoilage micro organisms and keep the food for a longer period.