Fire safety in hotels and restaurant kitchens
The risk of fire in hotel kitchens and restaurants is very real. When dealing with a hot stove, open flame or baking food, the potential for a mistake is high. While an alert, attentive staff can prevent some mistakes, some risks are often unseen, and therefore, out of sight, out of mind.
When grease and particles build up in the hood or exhaust of a restaurant kitchen, the buildup is fuel for a potential fire. Fat and grease from the fumes of whatever is cooking condenses on the hood or in the duct, which, when it starts to burn in an environment with air flowing through it, can turn into a blaze. Even filters can get clogged with fat from the fumes, causing their effectiveness to greatly decrease.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, one in five fires at restaurants, bars, cafes and other commercial kitchens had a “failure to clean” the kitchen hood or duct as one of the contributing factors.
Cleaning the hood and ducts in a kitchen greatly reduces that risk. A professional company can easily clean ducts and kitchen hoods, restoring their full potential and preventing fires.
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Other possible risks of grease in a duct system include:
- Health risks
A blocked system can push unhealthy fumes back into the kitchen. Regular maintenance helps keep ducts cleaned and in proper working condition.
- Spending money
A fire is obviously the most costly situation, often costing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in damages. But letting your kitchen hood or restaurant duct go too long without cleaning can also incur costs, with damaged machinery or excessive cleaning costs. A regular maintenance schedule greatly helps lessen these costs.
- Energy waste
A backed up or blocked system simply will not be operating at its highest or best ability. Cleaning your kitchen ducts helps to ensure a smooth operation, getting the most out of your machinery.