fire safety regulations for commercial kitchensBusinesses have to follow many rules and laws. And, there are more stipulations when you factor in potentially dangerous or hazardous materials. That said, knowledge of fire safety regulations for commercial kitchens is vital for companies that use cooking appliances. One of the most important to know is Code 96 from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The fire safety regulations for commercial kitchens set forth by NFPA 96

NFPA 96 covers a lot of different issues, including electrical wiring, ducts, and fans. But one of the most important parts concerns grease. Because grease builds up quickly in exhaust hoods, it poses a fire hazard. NFPA 96 spells out when these hoods need cleaning.

NFPA 11.6.1 states that “upon inspection, if the exhaust system is found to be contaminated with deposits from grease-laden vapors, the contaminated portions of the exhaust system shall be cleaned by a properly trained, qualified, and certified company or person(s) acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.”

According to NFPA 11.6.2, “hoods, grease removal devices, fans, ducts, and other appurtenances shall be cleaned to remove combustible contaminants prior to surfaces becoming heavily contaminated with grease or oily sludge.”

Who needs to adhere to these regulations?

NFPA 96 applies to any business that has a kitchen with cooking appliances. These could include schools, churches, hospitals, and of course, restaurants. Thus, following these fire safety regulations for commercial kitchens is the best way to keep employees, customers, and everyone else safe.

When’s the last time you had your kitchen hood cleaned?

Grease accumulates fast. If you haven’t cleaned your kitchen hood in a while, it could be dangerous. You can count on Steel Mountain to make sure your hood is always clean and safe. Plus, we can outfit you with a fire suppression system that will dose a fire before it can spread. This one system can save a business from catastrophe. Even having fire extinguishers handy doesn’t help if no one is in the immediate area to use them quickly.

Therefore, we offer a full range of fire prevention services and products, including training in use of fire extinguishers. In addition, we pride ourselves on offering exceptional customer service. Recently, we received this five-star review on Google: “Very professional staff. They showed up on time and their quality was outstanding. I recommend them to any business in the area!”

Contact Steel Mountain to let us know what we can do for your business.