Cooking equipment is responsible for 61% of restaurant fires
Faulty appliances, worn or faulty electrical wiring, improper use of electrical outlets and worn out breaker boxes are responsible for 9% of restaurant fires.
Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are responsible for 9% of restaurant fires.
Cigarettes are responsible for 7% of restaurant fires. Many smoking fires are started near trash cans.
Arson is responsible for 4% of restaurant fires.
These top five account for 90% of all restaurant fires recorded by the NFPA. It’s worth noting that a whopping 22% of the restaurant fires involving cooking equipment were caused by failure to clean kitchen equipment, which is 100% preventable.
The NFPA’s findings emphasize the importance of fire safety and prevention for the restaurant industry, especially as it relates to commercial kitchen cooking equipment. As the leading cause of restaurant fires, cooking equipment should be cleaned and regularly maintained to prevent these fires from occurring. Restaurant cooking equipment is different from equipment in your home and requires a lot more maintenance. Fast food establishments and other facilities that perform a lot of grilling and frying produce an average amount of 150 to 250 pounds of grease per week and up to 1,000 pounds per month! This means they need to be cleaned and maintained frequently to keep their fire risk as low as possible.
Your kitchen exhaust hood system should be your top priority when cleaning because these are the systems that remove the heat, smoke, and grease vapors that accumulate during cooking. By properly de-greasing your exhaust hood and ducts, you minimize the highly flammable grease that builds up in these systems.
Is your restaurant up to date with the current fire code? Your restaurant should meet NFPA 96 Standards, which includes the maintenance and cleaning of commercial cooking equipment and exhaust hood systems.
The NFPA calls for different cleaning frequencies depending upon the type of facility and type of cooking taking place in the establishment. NFPA-standard frequencies include:
As a restaurant owner, it is imperative to comply with these standards to pass fire marshal inspections, and, ultimately, to prevent fires.
A shiny hood in the kitchen after cleaning does not mean those hard to reach and even harder to see areas have been properly cleaned. At Tip Top, we provide comprehensive cleaning and maintenance solutions to ensure that your kitchen exhaust system is compliant with the National Fire Protection Association Standard 96, IKECA ANSI C-10 Standard, and Local Jurisdiction Requirements. We provide documentation to show that your exhaust system is properly maintained. We look forward to hearing from you.