International, national and local fire codes require restaurants establishments to have their kitchen exhaust systems inspected and cleaned at regular intervals. Restaurant owners are responsible for maintaining a certified extinguishment system to protect their exhaust system and for maintaining air quality unit mounted on the exhaust systems.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is the governing body providing the minimum codes of standards for inspecting and cleaning – NFPA 96: Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations.
The current 2011 NFPA 96 identifies that service is to be provided by certified technicians to ensure that equipment is maintained by qualified providers. It states that a trained and certified company or person shall do the inspections, cleaning and servicing of the commercial exhaust systems. In addition, there is a growing trend for local authorities (Fire Departments) to also require Licensed companies to register with them prior to performing this work.
Licensed providers must provide and maintain records and provide cleaning certification stickers on each exhaust hood cleaned. The sticker should show the date that the entire exhaust system was cleaned. This includes the area behind the filters, plenum, all portions of the horizontal and vertical ducts to the exterior of the building and the exhaust fan.
In 2012 the U.S. restaurant and hospitality industry is expected to approach 930,000 units. These facilities preparing and serving food must have their kitchen exhaust systems inspected and serviced at a regular frequency by a certified hood cleaning company.
The heart of any restaurant is the kitchen, and at the core of the kitchen is the exhaust system. A grease free exhaust system supports proper airflow for the kitchen environment, safety of staff and customers, and improves overall restaurant and food quality.
The demand for fire protection services continues to rise across the U.S. in part due to increased awareness of safety regulations by hospitality, government, healthcare, manufacturing, academia. Advancements in detection, alarming, sensing, and monitoring have changed the landscape of the fire protection industry. We provide systems suppression, planning, design, installation, maintenance.