Maintaining a scheduled hood cleaning program keeps your restaurant kitchen cleaner and lowers your risk of grease fires and smoke problems. Many kitchen fires begin on cooking appliances and flare up into the kitchen exhaust system. Regular cleaning of the exhaust system and kitchen equipment are one of the primary defenses against fire hazards. It's also essential for your facility to present the best image during government audits.
According to the NFPA, an estimated 7,640 restaurant building fires are reported to U.S. fire departments each year. Annual losses are estimated at an average of 2 civilian deaths, 115 civilian injuries and $246 million in direct property damage/loss. Cooking is the leading cause of all restaurant buildings fires, causing three out of five (57%) reported fires.
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The most common cleaning frequency is every 3 months. This can vary, however. The kitchen exhaust systems that need cleaning most often are those over wood-burning or charcoal-burning stoves. These should be cleaned every month at least, and in some cases as often as every 2 weeks.
Below are various types of cooking establishments and their most commonly recommended cleaning frequencies.
-Wood-burning or charcoal-burning stoves, char broilers, 24-hour restaurants, some hamburger places: 30 DAYS.
-Many hamburger restaurants and fast-food locations: 60 DAYS.
-Average restaurant, employee cafeteria, hotel or hospital kitchen: 90 DAYS.
-Pizza places, convalescent hospital, small snack bar, oven hood: 180 DAYS.
-Hoods over non-grease-creating appliances, such as steam kettles, dishwashers, soup vats, etc.: ONE YEAR.
Kitchen exhaust cleaning is a standard part of the routine maintenance of any cooking establishment. All kitchen managers or restaurant owners should be aware of its role in fire prevention and ensure it is done on a regular basis.
We provide a complete hood cleaning analysis and explain in detail of what your system needs for a complete kitchen exhaust system cleaning. We have the experienced staff to do the hood cleaning the right way, the first time, and to ensure compliance with all applicable fire and health codes.
Grease accumulated on hood duct from poor quality hood cleaning service from previous company.
Hood duct after our first hood cleaning service.