Top notch kitchen-hood maintenance and fire prevention
Those in the restaurant business understand how important safety is. Restaurant owners are potentially liable for both customers and employees who may be injured by a safety breach, whether as a result of unsafe food handling, faulty protocols, an unsafe dining or kitchen environment or any other potential cause of unsafe conditions.
Looming tall among all of these is the risk of fire. Each year in the United States, there are thousands of restaurant fires, which result in hundreds of injuries and more than $200 million worth of damage. Of these, more than 40 percent start in the kitchen. And the second leading cause of kitchen fires is an improperly maintained kitchen hooding and ventilation system.
Kitchen hood cleaning ranks among the most important safety precautions
Unlike other risks in a kitchen, when maintenance is entirely neglected on a kitchen hood and exhaust system, it is all but guaranteed to eventually lead to a fire. A kitchen hood and exhaust system concentrates dangerous ambient greases, fats and oils, sucking them from the air in the kitchen and expelling them through the exhaust port. By its nature, this leads to accumulation of these materials within the ducting and components of the ventilation system.
In sufficient concentrations, these residues form an ideal fuel for fires, only needing a single spark to set off a conflagration. And once a grease-fueled kitchen fire is kicked off, it is difficult to stop, often rapidly spreading throughout areas adjacent to the ducting, including attic space.
The good news is that such fires are easily preventable through proper maintenance of kitchen ventilation systems. The key factor in preventing kitchen hood fires from occurring is to remove the fire’s fuel before it reaches a critical mass. Doing so is the primary function of restaurant hood cleaning companies.
Ensuring transparency through documentation
While the NFPA codes relating to the cleaning of kitchen hoods and exhaust systems are non-binding, it is still true that restaurant owners have a legal obligation to provide a safe work and eating environment to their patrons and employees. Fire that results from negligence in equipment maintenance can open a restaurant up to ruinous liability. And that’s why Diamond Cleaned Kitchen's first priority is always to maintain our clients’ kitchen ventilation systems as safely as possible.
For this reason, we have a comprehensive photo-based system of documenting our work. This ensures our clients that we have removed all possible hazardous materials, not just on the exterior surface of hoods and ducting but, crucially, on the interior where ducting fires are most likely to ignite.
Unfortunately, not all kitchen hood cleaning companies are scrupulous in their efforts. Many will skip over difficult-to-reach areas. And some won’t even bother to clean and perform maintenance on the most important area: the roof-mounted exhaust fan.
Diamond Cleaned Kitchens of Columbus will always request roof access in order to thoroughly clean the fan itself as well as the ducting around it. No matter how difficult an area of internal ducting may be to reach, our professionals have the experience and the tools to completely remove all hazardous residues from those surfaces.
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