top of page

Managing Fire Risks in Commercial Kitchens

Operating a commercial kitchen comes with inherent fire risks that must be properly managed. Kitchen fires can quickly rage out of control and cause immense property damage or even loss of life. However, by following best practices around cooking equipment, exhaust systems, and general housekeeping, you can greatly mitigate fire risks.

In this article, we’ll explore key considerations for managing fire safety in your commercial kitchen, including:

  • Maintaining Clean Ductwork

  • Proper Cooking Appliance Safety

  • Implementing Fire Suppression Systems

Maintaining Clean Ductwork

Grease accumulation in kitchen exhaust ducts is a major fire hazard. Access hatches in the ductwork should be provided every 2 meters or less for thorough cleaning access. Cleaning frequency should be determined through a risk assessment of your kitchen’s grease production levels.

Ensure your duct cleaning contractor provides proper documentation of cleaning and uses approved wet film thickness testing. If your kitchen uses heavy deep frying, cleaning should occur at least quarterly. Filters above cooking areas should be cleaned daily when heavy grease is present.

Proper Cooking Appliance Safety

Cooking equipment demands vigilance. Appliances like ranges and fryers should never be left unattended when in use. Conduct and document regular visual inspections of equipment to check for damage. Ensure isolation points for gas and electricity remain easily accessible.

With deep fryers, oil should be changed regularly as degradation occurs over time. Have proper procedures to isolate energy sources during cleaning. Fryers should have a high limit thermostat to automatically shut down when oil overheats.

Implementing Fire Suppression Systems

Consider installing an automatic fire suppression system over cooking areas, especially where heavy frying occurs. These systems detect fires early and can extinguish flames before major damage occurs. Quick-acting wet chemical systems are ideal.

By focusing on these three key areas, you can better prevent and contain fires in your commercial kitchen. Don’t hesitate to consult fire safety experts as needed to design and implement comprehensive risk management policies. With vigilance, training, and the right equipment, you can continue cooking safely.


bottom of page