Did you know?…Any restaurant or establishment that cooks food commercially is required to have their kitchen hood system cleaned on a regular basis? Most industrial and commercial buildings neglect the maintenance of their kitchen exhaust systems.
Depending on the volume and type of cooking, the inspections and/or cleaning may be necessary more often than you would think. This rule is enforced by the fire prevention codes set by the National Fire Protection Association’s Code 96 which addresses the “design, installation, operation, and inspection, testing, and maintenance of the full spectrum of cooking equipment, hoods, grease removal devices, exhaust duct systems, fans, fire suppression systems, and clearance to combustibles.” This NFPA’s code is enforced because a restaurant hood cleaning of a commercial vent hood and exhaust system can significantly reduce the chance of a fire.
As food is being prepared in a commercial kitchen, fumes, oil deposits, and grease can travel from the kitchen air into the hoods, causing a highly flammable build up upon the interior lining. Not only is this an extreme fire hazard, but this build up and lack of attention can attract dirt and dust that leads to breeding contaminants. These contaminants can then travel and effect the food quality, safety, and health of the consumer.
How often should you have your routine restaurant hood cleaning?
Here is a restaurant hood cleaning schedule from the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA):
IKECA standard: Table 11.3 Schedule of Inspection for Grease Buildup – Type or Volume of Cooking Frequency
- Systems serving solid fuel cooking operations – Monthly
- Systems serving high-volume cooking operations, such as 24-hour cooking, charbroiling, or wok cooking – Quarterly
- Systems serving moderate-volume cooking operations – Semiannually
- Systems serving low-volume cooking operations, such as churches, day camps, seasonal businesses, or senior centers – AnnuallyHow ca
How can you find a reputable company to do your restaurant hood cleaning?
In order to ensure that your kitchen exhaust system is being properly maintained, you should hire an accredited professional member of the IKECA and National Air Dut Cleaning Association (NADCA)– such as Airtek Indoor Air Solutions. By hiring an IKECA and NADCA certified provider, you can reduce kitchen exhaust related claims in your facility. Non-accredited hood cleaning businesses tend to take shortcuts by not cleaning the rooftop fan or the duct work. The exterior of the kitchen would appear clean, but residual grease and fat particles remain in the interior of the duct work. According the the NFPA, 54% of all restaurant fires originate in the kitchen – the leading cause? Inappropriate maintenance and cleaning of exhaust and grease hoods. Bottom line: a restaurant kitchen that appears to be clean is still prone to fire.
How long has it been since your last restaurant hood cleaning?
If your facility is neglecting the kitchen exhaust hood system, we strongly encourage you to reach out and begin to take preventive measures immediately. If you are unhappy or dissatisfied with your current restaurant hood cleaning provider, do some research to find an IKECA and NADCA accredited company. Airtek Indoor Air Solutions would be more than happy to visit your facility and provide you with a free quote on maintaining your hood vent system and duct work in a professional, safe manner.