Restaurant / Commercial Kitchen Fire Safety

Restaurant / Commercial Kitchen Fire Safety

Dear restaurant owners and managers,
As you are probably aware, Normal Fire Department recently responded to a fast moving fire in the kitchen at the Dairy Queen on East College Avenue. No one was injured, but the damage to the kitchen and structure of the building was considerable.

With the recent event fresh in everyone’s mind, this is an excellent time to talk with your employees about the importance of fire safety in the commercial kitchen environment and to teach them kitchen fire prevention and what to do in the event of a fire in the restaurant.

As you hire new employees, always make fire safety an important part of the training program, and use the opportunity to retrain existing employees on your fire suppression equipment.

If you need a starting point, we have developed a program for commercial kitchen fire safety which is enclosed. Please understand that these are only our recommendations and are not intended to replace or supersede any existing company or corporate policies which may be in place. We have made the attached documents available to download on our website at .

If you need assistance with developing a training program for your employees, Normal Fire Department has a full time Public Education Officer who is ready to meet with you and help develop a program specific for your business. We also offer fire extinguisher training and other life safety courses.
While no one was injured in the recent fire, there is always the potential for injury or death in a fire. Please use this opportunity to speak to your employees and staff about fire safety and do everything you can to make your business as safe as possible.


Mick Humer, Fire Chief