According to the National Fire Protection Association, there is an average of 8,240 fires at restaurants a year, with an average of two civilian deaths, 115 injuries, and $245 million+ in property damage. Based on these statistics, as well as the nature of activities that occur in food service establishments, it is more a matter of when, not if, a fire will occur in a particular restaurant. The Peoria City/County Health Department encourages all food operators to develop a fire emergency plan for fire events. An effective fire emergency plan addresses issues and decisions the person in charge may have to make to minimize the potential risk of injury to employees and damage to property. Additionally, planning ahead for disaster helps to minimize uncertainty when a fire occurs.