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Top Causes of Commercial Fires

Commercial fires can be devastating to businesses. They can cause damage to property, loss of inventory, and even loss of life. Understanding the top causes of commercial fires and how to prevent them can help businesses avoid these risks and protect their employees and assets.

At Firelec Ltd, we specialise in fire alarm systems. Our professionals can help you prevent commercial fires. For more information, call us on 0113 3452992.

Electrical Issues

Electrical problems such as faulty wiring, overloaded circuits, and electrical equipment malfunctions can lead to fires. To prevent electrical fires, businesses should have regular electrical inspections, ensure that all electrical equipment is properly maintained and grounded, and avoid overloading circuits.

Cooking Equipment

Cooking equipment such as stoves, ovens, and fryers can easily cause fires if not used properly. To prevent cooking fires, businesses should ensure that all cooking equipment is properly maintained, cleaned regularly, and used according to manufacturer instructions.

Additionally, fire suppression systems should be installed in commercial kitchens to quickly extinguish any fires that may occur.

Heating Equipment

Heating equipment such as boilers, furnaces, and space heaters can also cause fires if not properly maintained. Businesses should have regular inspections of heating equipment, keep flammable materials away from heating sources, and ensure that all heating equipment is properly ventilated.


Smoking in commercial buildings is a major cause of fires. Businesses should have strict no-smoking policies and designate outdoor smoking areas away from buildings.

Additionally, smoking materials such as cigarettes should be properly disposed of in designated containers.

Flammable Materials

Flammable materials such as cleaning chemicals, paint, and paper products can easily ignite and cause fires. Businesses should ensure that all flammable materials are stored properly and away from heat sources.

Moreover, businesses should have fire-resistant storage cabinets and containers for flammable materials.


Arson is a deliberate act of setting fires and is a major cause of commercial fires. Businesses should have security measures in place to prevent arson. This includes installing security cameras, limiting access to buildings, and reporting any suspicious activity to authorities.

Contact Firelec Ltd

For more information about our fire alarm systems, contact Firelec Ltd. Call us on 0113 3452992. Alternatively, send us a message via our contact form.