The National Fire Protection Agency 96 Fire Code Guide is a detailed set of codes and standards that must be adhered to for fire protection and ventilation control of commercial kitchens.
A commercial kitchen is defined as a kitchen that is used strictly for cooking purposes. It will also contain stainless steel for all of its surfaces and commercial grade equipment. In contrast to a home kitchen that is used periodically.
The NFPA 96 Code state that a commercial kitchen must meet the minimum fire safety requirements that pertain to the design, inspection, operation, maintenance and inspection of all private (this could be residential kitchens used for commercial purposes) and public cooking facilities. Keep in mind, you may have stricter regulations locally so be sure to check those as well. It is the owner or manager of the commercials kitchen responsibility to comply with all the rules.
Hiring a professional hood cleaning business is by far the wisest way to keep your system running at its top capacity. They will also keep you in compliance with local, state and national codes.
At Patriot Hood Cleaning, our teams have gone through rigorous training to become certified, licensed and bonded in hood cleaning. Upon request, an owner or manager may ask for before and after pictures to be taken for their records. This is helpful when working with their insurance company and may help reduce their premium.
Our professionals will also provide the owner/manager with a certificate that the hood cleaning was done professionally. It is recommended they post the certificate in the kitchen. This is helpful especially if there is an unexpected health inspection. The employees can point to the certificate as evidence of the professional hood cleaning and the date it was done.
We have had several commercial kitchen owners/managers insist they can use their employees to do their hood cleaning. With the advent of YouTube there are detailed instructions on how to a hood cleaning. This is fine; however, the owner/manager is counting on the employees to do a thorough cleaning. Scrapping is by far the cheapest way to do hood cleaning but remember, grease and grime can get into all kinds of nooks and crannies that an employee may not have access to.
Pressure washing or steam cleaning is by far the superior way to do hood cleaning. Our professionals will be sure to cover the floors and equipment so there is no damage and will dry and buffer the hoods to make them look like new. Having you hood cleaning done by professionals will also extend the life of your kitchen exhaust system. We will replace the filters as needed, contain the contaminated water and dispose of it environmentally and fix broken, damaged or worn hinges.
We will schedule the hood cleaning around your commercial hours when possible. It can be a little tricky for commercial kitchens that are open twenty-four hours a day but by NFPA 96 Code regulations those kitchens need to have hood cleaning done on a monthly basis.
Call Patriot Hood Cleaning today. We proudly serve the whole state of Connecticut.