Restaurant Fire Prevention

Information about fire prevention requirements in restaurants

Fire prevention regulations cover issues including:

  • Commercial cooking equipment cleaning and inspections
  • Fire suppression systems in kitchens
  • Exit signs and emergency lighting
  • Rubbish handling
  • Flammability of decorations, drapes and furniture
  • Crowd manager requirements
  • Fire lanes
  • General housekeeping

Fire Prevention in Restaurants

Fire Prevention in Restaurants describes fire prevention regulations for restaurants in English , Portuguese, and Chinese .

CO and CO2 for Restaurants

State Fire and Building Codes do not require restaurants to have carbon monoxide or dioxide detectors. But, restaurants can protect workers and patrons from these dangerous invisible gases.

The CO and CO2 for Restaurants pamphlet gives safety tips.

Commercial Cooking Exhaust Cleaning and Inspection (hood cleaning)

Commercial cooking exhaust hoods must be inspected and cleaned by people who hold a license or certificate of competency. Regulations set the frequency of inspection. Inspectors determine if cleaning is required.

Both individuals and companies that perform hood cleaning must be licensed. Be sure that anyone hired for this work is a licensed hood cleaner. Pay by check when the work is completed. Be cautious about hiring people who approach you, before you contact them. Hood cleaning companies must also have a license or certificate of registration. Be sure that any company hired for the work is licensed.

Anyone who:

  • performs hood cleaning after their license was suspended or revoked, or
  • who represents themselves as licensed,

will be penalized.

Also, companies are responsible for allowing employees to represent themselves as valid license holders.

Additional Resources

Crowd Managers

A trained crowd manager is needed in all:

  • nightclubs,
  • dance halls,
  • discotheques, and
  • bars

with occupancies above 100 people.

This pamphlet summarizes the requirement and explains the duties. For more information go to our webpage on Crowd Managers.

We offer a free online Crowd Manager Training Program.

Additional Resources

Contact for Restaurant Fire Prevention


Open 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.


DFS Code Compliance
1 State Road, Stow, MA 01775

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