All commercial cooking facilities in Colorado require routine kitchen hood exhaust inspections and regular restaurant hood cleaning in order to be compliant with NFPA 96 and local codes. The greatest concern of grease accumulation within kitchen hood exhaust systems is the increased potential of a grease fire. 54% of all restaurant fires start in the kitchen. The damages of grease hood fires extend past the damages to the premises, kitchen hood fires can cause a potential risk of injury to employees and a loss of time and business revenues.
Selecting A Reputable Restaurant Hood Cleaning Service
Selecting a professional grease hood cleaning service can be a difficult task. Unfortunately, most companies who provide “hood cleaning” services only clean what is visible, and do not clean the kitchen hood exhaust or rooftop fan. When choosing a kitchen exhaust cleaning service it is important to have a written agreement outlining the services performed, as well as a post grease hood cleaning inspection.
A Thorough Restaurant Hood Cleaning Includes the Following:
- Kitchen hood plenum
- Kitchen exhaust duct
- Grease exhaust fan
- Grease trays and grease trap
- Grease Filters
National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)
Unique conditions in commercial kitchens require special fire safety precautions. Make sure you’re up to the task by updating your knowledge to the 2011 NFPA 96: Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations. It’s your single source for state-of-the-art safety guidelines on the design, installation, operation, inspection, and maintenance of the full spectrum of cooking equipment, hoods, grease removal devices, exhaust duct systems, fans, fire suppression systems, and clearance to combustibles.
International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA)
IKECA members are committed to providing a complete cleaning of the entire system– from the hood in the kitchen to the fan on the roof. They follow the most complete cleaning and inspection standards in the industry found in NFPA-96, the International Mechanical Code and International Fire Code.