3. A fire destroys the kitchen. The most recent data from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) indicates restaurants experience an average of 7,640 fires a year, 57 percent of which were started by cooking equipment. Regularly cleaning and maintaining hood suppression and kitchen exhaust systems substantially limit the impact of a fire and help prevent property damage. A trained fire protection specialist can also notify you of other issues that exist at your restaurant, such as grease on the roof, faulty fan wiring or excess grease in the ductwork that could disrupt your operations and cost you money.