posted by: APRIL 10, 2014

The purpose of your kitchen hood is to trap grease, smoke, and grime before any of the pollutants escape into the rest of your kitchen and out into your restaurant. Needless to say, the kitchen hood can become a firetrap if the grease and oil is not cleaned out regularly. Over time, grease and grime deposits can coagulate and turn into a sticky, extremely flammable glue-like substance inside the kitchen hood system that, with enough heat, can potentially ignite. This puts your employees, customers, assets, and building in danger of a fire emergency. In addition to the fire hazards associated with dirty kitchen hoods, there are a number of reasons why having regular kitchen hood cleaning is important. Here are the top reasons:

• Clean fire hood prevent potentially dangerous particulates from escaping into your restaurant’s air, lowering the air quality and potentially posing a health hazard to your customers and restaurant staff.

• Fire codes, as well as local fire officials, require that kitchen hoods be kept clean and well maintained at all times. If a restaurant is found with a dirty hood, it may be fined or shut down (or both!).

• Insurance carriers require restaurants to comply with all fire safety codes. If a restaurant is found in violation of code, the insurance carrier can drop the restaurant’s coverage or increase its premiums.

– CNA/fa

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