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Commercial Kitchen? Here’s What You Should Know about NFPA 96

commercial kitchenIf your facility has a commercial kitchen, you likely already know there are many standards and compliance requirements necessary to safely run the kitchen at your facility. When it comes specifically to fire prevention and ventilation, NFPA 96 is an important standard to become familiar with.

Here’s why.

Getting to Know the Codes & Standards

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a non-profit trade association in the U.S. that works to create and adopt standards and codes for use by local governments. When it comes to protecting commercial buildings from fire and other risks caused by the cooking of food in a kitchen, NFPA 96 includes standards for fire marshals to follow when ensuring a facility is up to code. This includes safety related to design, installation, operation, inspection, and maintenance for both public and private cooking operations and more specifically the cleanliness of commercial kitchens for fire prevention.

Why Precautions are Necessary

Responsibility to ensuring you’re up to code typically falls on the property or business owner. You should ensure you have proper rooftop terminations, grease traps, drains and fans and exhausts as well as checking that all electric wiring is functioning. Another important element in a commercial kitchen is the exhaust system and ducts. Keeping these accessible, clean and well maintained will help prevent fires, release dangerous gases and keep air in the facility clean.

Preferred HD has a team of trained technicians with all the proper tools, training and expertise needed to maintain your commercial kitchen’s hood and exhaust system.  If you’re a restaurant or business owner in Monterey, we’re fully licensed and certified by the ASCS and have some of the most trusted, reputable kitchen hood and exhaust system cleaners in the state.

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A chef in a commercial kitchen.

Cleaning Your Kitchen Exhaust System Can Improve Health and Safety

Fires break out at restaurants across the United States every year, causing millions of dollars in property damage and lost income. Fires can also cause injuries and possibly even deaths. Most restaurant fires start in the kitchen, and many are preventable.

A chef in a commercial kitchen.Why You Should Have Your Kitchen Exhaust System Cleaned

Grease, debris, and contaminants can accumulate in and around the hood exhaust system in a restaurant kitchen. This creates a fire hazard. Many fires start in restaurant kitchens when the hood exhaust system has not been properly cleaned. Cleaning and maintaining your exhaust system can eliminate fire hazards and reduce the risk of mechanical failure.

Cleaning your kitchen exhaust system can improve the air quality and contribute to a healthier working environment for your employees and customers. A dirty kitchen exhaust system can breed mold, mildew, and bacteria that can contaminate food and cause illness in both customers who eat it and employees who work with it.

Cleaning your kitchen hoods is also required by law. When your business is inspected, the official will look at the condition of your exhaust system and could give you a failing grade if it is not clean, even if the rest of your restaurant is spotless.

How Kitchen Hoods Are Cleaned

To clean your kitchen exhaust system thoroughly, the system will first be hand-scraped to remove grease and other deposits. Then it will be treated with caustic chemicals and rinsed with hot water. The chemicals are applied with a garden-type sprayer, a pressure washer, or a chemical foamer. They are left on the grease for a period of time to allow them to break it down and are then washed off. The chemicals that are used do not affect the safety of food.

After the hoods have been cleaned, they are polished to improve their appearance and to make them easier to clean in the future. A sticker is applied showing that the system has been cleaned in accordance with state or local laws.

When to Clean Your Exhaust System

How often you should have your exhaust system cleaned will depend on the type and volume of cooking you do. Systems that use solid fuel need to be cleaned on a monthly basis. Restaurants that operate 24 hours a day and cook large volumes of food need to be cleaned every three months. Restaurants that prepare moderate amounts of food need to have their exhaust systems cleaned every six months. Organizations that prepare small amounts of food or only operate for part of the year need to have their systems cleaned once a year.

Hire a Professional Company to Clean Your Kitchen Hoods

It is important to choose a professional company to clean your kitchen exhaust system. Some companies only hand-scrape, but that cannot remove all of the grease and deposits from the system. Inadequate cleaning means a fire hazard could still exist.

Preferred Hood & Duct will professionally clean your kitchen exhaust system using a combination of hand-scraping and other methods such as chemical cleaning. This will ensure that all of the grease and other contaminants are removed to significantly reduce the risk of a kitchen fire. We serve restaurants and other businesses throughout Monterey. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to have your kitchen hoods cleaned.

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