As a prominent bakery, we’ve made many friends in the area that own Chinese restaurants and pizza shops. We hear stories constantly about grease fires and how these building owners have to maintain special fire extinguishers just in case something happens. When patrons are walking into a restaurant, it’s not something they think about. The patrons are just there to enjoy a meal and it doesn’t occur to them that their safety is in the hands of the restaurants and may be at risk if certain safety protocols aren’t followed. One such safety measure is exhaust vent hood cleaning.
For the most part, restaurant kitchens are compliant with safety standards. But sometimes the inspections are a little weak in terms of enforcing governmental guidelines for cleaning restaurant hoods. This mainly affects eateries that cook with heavy amounts of oil. As the oil burns, it gives off greasy vapors that rise with the heat and stick to the hood. It also clouds the area with smoke. As the grease accumulates, it becomes a major fire risk. One spark could start a fire and burn the whole place to the ground. The kitchen exhaust system must be cleaned, so we recommend contracting a restaurant exhaust hood cleaner to remove the grease and sanitize the hood, vents, and duct-work. Proper hood cleaning ensures the kitchen staff and patrons are safe. And when the local inspector stops by to review the grade of the establishment, the eatery will have a better chance at receiving a high rating. Furthermore, if grease accumulation is still an issue, the restaurant should consider installing a grease trap to remove some of the excess.