Restaurant ownership has many different perks. One of the best feelings is seeing your customers happy after a satisfying meal. However, one of the worst feelings is when something goes wrong in the kitchen or on the floor when you know you could have avoided it by taking a few precautions.
Here are some common restaurant risks and how you can minimize them as a business owner:
- Slip and fall injuries. Probably the most common risks in the restaurant industry. To reduce the chances of a slip and fall injury, make sure your flooring is in good shape by repairing any uneven or cracked parts of the floor, stairs, sidewalks, and parking lot. Also, keep employee walkways clear and dry. Don’t store anything in spots where walkways can be obstructed.
- Driving issues. Not only do you need to concern yourself with patrons driving home after having a few drinks, but you should also pay attention to your own drivers as well. Conduct thorough background driving checks on every driver to make sure they are safe drivers. Also, complete routine maintenance on all vehicles and fix any repairs as soon as possible to avoid accidents.
- Kitchen fires. A safe kitchen is a clean kitchen. A lot of kitchen fires start due to greasy or unkempt kitchens. Make sure your kitchen staff knows how to maintain a properly cleaned kitchen and how to work efficiently so that fires are not an issue.
- Breaking and entering. Security cameras can help identify criminals and your business insurance will have you covered if you suffer loss due to theft, but preventing it is a much better solution. Install proper locks and a security system to protect your business from robbery.
Call us if you have any questions on how your business insurance will protect your restaurant in the event of a claim or if you would like some guidance on how to make your restaurant safer for everyone.