Commercial Kitchen Hood Services
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 that – without proper protection - could consume the whole place. 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.
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, with no grease or oil contamination remaining on the hoods or vents. In addition, kitchen hoods cannot be treated or covered in any way, as this could prevent them from trapping grease effectively. Finally, the NFPA requires that all commercial kitchen hood inspections must be carried out by a licensed fire protection company.
Grease Inspection Requirements for Commercial Kitchen Hoods
Grease inspection requirements for kitchen hoods 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.
- 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!
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 Kauffman Co today!