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Preventing Restaurant Fires with Duct Cleaning

Posted on September 27, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse


Have you ever lived above a restaurant? I have, twice. One was a lovely experience (espresso and cookies downstairs); the other, not so much (dishwashing water backing up into my bathroom sink, blech!).

Some tenants above an Asian restaurant in San Diego had a bit of a scare this week, though, one I’m glad I never had: a kitchen fire.

A fire broke out in the stove flue at J. Wok in Downtown San Diego on Saturday, causing at least $15,000 in damage. Luckily, the San Diego Fire Department had the fire under control in about 20 minutes, preventing damage to the apartments above the restaurant.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, a vast majority of restaurant fires are caused by cooking equipment and a significant amount of damage by those fires flaring up into dirty stove vents and ducts. We cannot know the frequency of the duct cleaning at J. Wok but we do know how often commercial kitchen ducts should be cleaned:


Hood Cleaning Frequency Chart

We don’t have enough details about J. Wok to know what kind of duct cleaning schedule the had or should have had, but we do know that proper maintenance of kitchen ductwork is essential in preventing fires from doing damage to restaurants and other tenants in a restaurant building.

Is your restaurant keeping the kitchen ductwork clean? Don’t take any chances! AirTek’s goal: clean and help protect your valuable asset from the threat of fire in your kitchen exhaust system. We clean the hood, plenum, duct risers, filtration system and filters, grease boxes, kitchen equipment, exhaust fans, washable ceilings, floors, commercial kitchens, ductwork, and rooftop.”

We are here to help your restaurant thrive and prosper and prevent the thousands (or tens of thousands) of dollars of damage even a 20-minute fire can wreak.

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek and our parent company, Alliance Environmental Group, which offers residential and commercial cleaning, pest control, demolition, structural pasteurization and many other enviromental challenges. She is very happy to blog, post and Tweet for Alliance and AirTek and celebrates her one year anniversary with them on September 29th!

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