Salt Lake City, UT – The majority of restaurant and eatery owners already understand the responsibilities of operating a commercial kitchen, including cleanliness for food hygiene purposes. However, proper cleaning should also incorporate a thorough cleaning of the establishment’s ventilation systems to prevent future problems.
Grease, dust and cooking odors can build-up within HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) units and cooker hood systems, significantly increasing the risk of sparking a fire. While the majority of commercial kitchen facilities maintain a fire suppression system, it’s still possible that grease build-up within cooker hood units or exhaust fan filters could increase the risk of fire.
Statistics published by the National Fire Protection Authority (NFPA) show that 61% of fires reported in eating and drinking establishments were caused by cooking equipment and cause around $165 million in direct property damage losses annually. The same statistics also reveal that cooking materials were the first item to ignite during 43% of the commercial kitchen fires reported.
The NFPA also recognizes that kitchen ventilation systems feature prominently in the number of commercial kitchen fire events reported each year.
Grease is highly combustible, especially when it is allowed to accumulate within baffle filters. Cleaning grease filters regularly can reduce the potential fire hazard lurking in cooker hood and exhaust ventilation systems.
Depending on the size of the kitchen, cleaning grease filters is a process that can take between 3 and 6 hours. The majority of commercial kitchen owners hire a professional hood cleaning company capable of removing, cleaning and pressure washing filters and ductwork properly.
Aside from reducing the potential fire hazard, a professionally cleaned HVAC system also improves the quality of air circulating through the establishment, efficiently replenishing depleted oxygen and preventing carbon dioxide build-up. It also ensures staff and customers are breathing clean air with reduced cooking odors.
If your commercial HVAC systems and kitchen grease filters need professional cleaning, call Hood Builder on (800) 750-7055 for a full, fast-price quote. Alternatively, visit http://www.hoodbuilder.com/contact-us/ and email us for a customized quote to suit food facilities and kitchens of any size.
About us: Hood Builder has been providing a diverse range of professional HVAC maintenance, hood installation and cleaning services to clients in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Salt Lake City, Utah, San Francisco or Colorado for more than 25 years.
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