fire in kitchen

Fires in Food Establishments 

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.

More Information on Food Safety after a Fire

USDA Fires and Food Safety

CDC Keep Food Safe After a Disaster

Six Ways to Prepare Your Restaurant in the Event of a Disaster

related documents 

Peoria City/County Health Department Guidance for After a Fire