Food Managers Alert: For Restaurant Fire Hazards #1


Don’t overlook fire safety in your kitchen and your restaurant

According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2006 and 2010, fire departments in the United States responded to an average of 7,640 structure fires per year in eating and drinking establishments. That is almost twenty-one fires every day. Annually these fires cause two civilian deaths, 115 civilian injuries, and $246,000,000 in direct property damage. That does not include business interruption losses. Fifty-seven percent of these fires involve cooking equipment. Seventy-one percent of the fires remain relatively small, and the failure to properly clean was a factor in twenty-one percent of the fires. [1]

In Minnesota, in 2014, 166 structure fires in Public Assembly Properties were reported and 44% of those were in the kitchen/cooking area.[2]

What can you do to protect your investment or your facility? 

In future articles, we’ll explore these general topics in more detail.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Scott A. Futrell, PE, FSFPE, CFPS, SET, CFEI, is a fire protection consultant with Futrell Fire Consult & Design, Inc., in Osseo, Minnesota and has over 40 years’ experience designing, specifying, and investigating fire protection system related losses. He is a Fellow in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, co-author of “Designers Guide to Automatic Sprinkler Systems”.

[1] Ben Evarts, National Fire Protection Association, Structure Fires in Eating and Drinking Establishments, November 2012.
[2]  State Fire Marshal, Fire in Minnesota 2014,