Walk-in Refrigerator Safety Rules

Walk-in refrigerators provide ample storage for restaurants and other large-scale food operations.

Temperature

A walk-in refrigerator stores a lot of food.A walk-in refrigerator stores a lot of food.
Following basic safety rules ensures that food stays fresh and that anyone who uses the refrigerator does not get trapped inside.

A walk-in refrigerator or cooler should maintain a steady internal temperature below 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep several thermometers in different areas of the refrigerator and monitor their readings daily.

Organization

Keep raw foods such as meats and poultry separate from ready-to-eat foods and produce. This precaution prevents any bacteria in the raw food from contaminating other food items.

Labeling

Label your food products with the type, date of storage and expiration date. Follow the FIFO rule--First In, First Out--to ensure freshness.

Capacity

Don't put more food into the walk-in refrigerator than it can handle. The state of Wisconsin Food Code suggests allowing 1 cubic foot to 1.5 cubic feet of space for each meal per day.

User Safety

Anyone who uses the walk-in refrigerator should know where the safety latch is located if the door closes. Don't enter the cooler without telling someone else first.

Precautions

To reduce slip and fall hazards, keep the refrigerator floor free of moisture, debris and other obstacles. Users should wear protective clothing such as gloves, hat and coat when entering the cooler.

About the Author

Cameron Delaney is a freelance writer for trade journals and websites and an editor of nonfiction books. As a journalist, Delaney worked for wire services, newspapers and magazines for more than 20 years. Delaney's degrees include a bachelor's degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State and a master's degree in liberal arts from University of Denver.