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Tips to Prevent Restaurant Fires

When it comes to the restaurant kitchen, a loud and chaotic environment full of activity comes to mind. Bear in mind, It’s an exciting place to work…and it’s also a fire danger zone.

It’s estimated that 5,900 restaurant fires occur every year in the United States, resulting in over $172 million in property loss and many personal injuries.

Where do the fires start?

The answer is simple, right there in the kitchen. In fact, a 2011 report shows that 59% of all restaurant fires began in the kitchen cooking area.

Without a doubt, fires are one of the most dangerous threats to the health and safety of restaurant staff and patrons. However, with proper policies, training, and preventative measures, the impact of these fires can be drastically reduced – if not avoided altogether.


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These are what you can do to prevent fire;

Keep It Clean

The majority of kitchen fires begin when flammable cooking material or by-products, such as oil and grease trap, are ignited. Not only does grease build up on cooking surfaces, it can also collect bits of food and paper, increasing flammability.

Equipment and Maintenance

Fire safety is the last place to cut corners. Maintaining preventative and safety equipment could end up saving a lot of money in the long run.

Policies and Planning

Make fire safety a regular part of your training process. If every member of your kitchen staff knows what to do and where to go, you can minimize damage and injury in the event of a fire.

Think About Prevention as an Investment

A restaurant kitchen fire can risk lives, cost thousands of dollars, and bury an otherwise thriving business. This underscores how important it is to keep your equipment cleaned, maintained, inspected, and up to code.

This extends beyond just equipment – keeping staff on hand to maintain a clean kitchen, hiring a certified kitchen exhaust cleaner to ensure the hood system is properly cleaned and free of grease, and investing in a quality fire suppression system – all of these protect against the catastrophic losses that can occur in a large fire.

Restaurant fire prevention is a combination of awareness and diligence. Do everything in your power to keep your kitchen safe.

Watch this video of TGI Friday’s Grease Duct Fire in Rockefeller center. This is what happens when the owner or manager neglects to clean your ducts.

Grease builds up and it becomes extremely flammable. Too many restaurant owners wait until it’s too late to replace their grease. Don’t let that bad smell be your reminder to have your entire kitchen exhaust cleaned. By then, it’s too late. Get it done with regular service agreements by Done Right Hood and Fire Safety. Kitchen hood cleaning, grease traps, fire suppression systems, hood fabrication, and more. We’re Southern California number on Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning specialists.

At Optimal Biofuels, we are specialists in grease trap cleaning and maintenance. We serve a variety of establishments in the hospitality field and are proud to offer complimentary used cooking oil collection services in combination with other bundled offers. To learn more about our products and services, contact us today at (877) 702-3835.