Businesses where cooking is part of their trade are at greater risk of fire than other types of retailers and service providers. Fires in kitchens usually happen during working hours with very little warning and they can spread rapidly – business owners and their employees need to be prepared. Kitchens are vital for such businesses, so fires can disrupt the entire enterprise while threatening the lives of customers, guests and employees.
The most common cause of commercial kitchen fires is overheating what is being cooked. This generally happens because staff become distracted, using unsafe high temperatures, or because of broken thermostats.