Commercial Kitchen Hood Inspections in Houston, TX
If you run a restaurant or a commercial cooking establishment in Houston, Texas, you know how important it is to have an effective fire protection system in place. After all, the high temperatures, busy atmosphere, and presence of highly flammable materials (such as cooking oils) all create an environment that is especially prone to flash fires. Without proper protection, those flash fires could consume the whole restaurant or building extremely fast.
An effective kitchen fire suppression system, including a kitchen exhaust hood, is a highly effective defense against this kind of devastating fire—provided you have it properly serviced and inspected regularly by fire protection technicians.
Imagine if you invest money in your restaurant, install a state-of-the-art fire protection system, and rely on that suppression system to protect your employees, customers, and property. But you forgot to get it inspected last fall—and come to think of it, it slipped your mind the year before during your busy season. Pretty soon, your restaurant is no longer up to code, your fire suppression system will not extinguish properly, and you could face pretty devastating results. This can be prevented with annual inspections and cleanings of your kitchen hood vent and unit.
If you’d like to schedule an inspection of your restaurant’s kitchen hood, contact the expert technicians at Kauffman Co. or fill out the grey box to the right—we can schedule an inspection and ensure that your property is prepared for any fire.
NPFA Requirements for Kitchen Hoods
Basic Kitchen Hood Inspection Requirements
While many of the NFPA’s commercial kitchen hood inspection requirements vary based on the type of cooking in your commercial kitchen, there are a few requirements that are common to every kitchen hood.
NFPA 96 (the code number for kitchen hoods) requires that all kitchen hoods:
- Be frequently scrubbed and cleaned down to bare metal
- Have no grease or oil contamination remaining on the hoods or vents
- Are not treated or covered in any way–this could prevent them from trapping grease effectively
- Be inspected by a licensed fire protection company (such as Kauffman Co.)
Grease Inspection Requirements for Commercial Kitchen Hoods
Grease inspection requirements for kitchen hoods also vary depending on the level of activity in your commercial kitchen. The frequency of grease inspections, therefore, depends on how frequently you use your kitchen. Here is what the NFPA requires for all Houston-based restaurants:
- Agencies or businesses that operate on a 24-hour basis or prepare high volumes of food should have their kitchen hood inspections performed quarterly.
- Businesses such as sit-down restaurants that prepare food at moderate levels should have kitchen hood inspections performed twice a year.
- Organizations such as churches that cook small volumes of food or operate only occasionally only need kitchen hood inspections performed once a year.
To make sure your kitchen hood passes the grease inspections, make sure you clean it regularly. Again, how often to clean depends upon how often you use your kitchen hood when cooking. For instance, a large commercial cooking organization will require much more frequent hood cleaning than a community center!
Schedule Your Houston-Area Kitchen Hood Inspection
Whether you need quarterly, semi-annually, or yearly inspections, Kauffman Co. can do the job right. Not only will our fire suppression technicians ensure that your system is up to code, we can also help set in place an inspection schedule so it’ll never slip your mind again—allowing you to focus on running your business, the winning streak of the Astros, or the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
If you run a commercial kitchen in Houston, Texas or the Greater Bay Area, don’t wait until a fire strikes your business before you decide you need kitchen hood inspection. If you need a commercial kitchen inspection, call us today!