The proper maintenance of a restaurant’s kitchen exhaust system is crucial for safety reasons. An appropriately maintained system will help ensure NFPA 96 compliance, making the kitchen a safer place to work in. Ottawa Hood Cleaning specializes in commercial kitchen exhaust system maintenance and service for restaurants, hotels, cafeterias, hospitals, jails, event centers, and long-term care facilities. Their professional services include free hood inspections and written hood cleaning estimates.
OMNI Canada, one of the Ottawa kitchen exhaust cleaning companies, is a company that provides code related products to the exhaust cleaning industry. Its president, Alex McLaughlin, has been a member of IKECA for 8 years and is currently the Acting Canadian chapter president. He regularly participates in IKECA events and offers relevant journal entries. It also offers remote video inspections.
Fire Risk from dirty hoods
To help reduce the risk of fire, kitchens need to have clean exhaust hoods that are easy to clean. The hoods should have internal and external joints that Ottawa Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Companies are tightly sealed. They should also contain grease troughs or drip pans and an approved collection system. The hoods should also have a noncombustible construction, with the hood being at least 18 inches above combustible surfaces. To protect against fire, hoods should be constructed of steel or stainless steel with a minimum thickness of 0.0466 inches or 0.0335 inches.
A recent NFPA study showed that nearly 8,000 restaurant fires are reported each year, causing $246 million in property damage. Restaurant owners lose an estimated $50 million annually because of these fires. A dirty hood and ductwork are the top cause of commercial kitchen fires. They can result in expensive repairs and even the temporary closure of a restaurant.