In 2004, the US Department of Homeland Security assembled statistical data into the nature of restaurant grease fires. The report found that 64% of restaurant fires were started by cooking. Grease was the primary fuel for fire. Restaurant fires tend to be confined to the kitchen and most often occur in the morning, peaking at 10AM during lunch preparation time. (Source: "Restaurant Fires". Topical Fire Research Series. FEMA. Volume 4, Issue 3.
Restaurants that are prepared for potential grease fires can suffer less damage than unprepared restaurants. Fire preparedness demands a clear, written, and practiced emergency plan , fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and fire suppression systems.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 96 Code details recommended steps and systems restaurants can implement to prepare for and prevent restaurant grease fires. More localities are adopting the NFPA 96 code as their local fire code. Check with your local fire marshal to learn what are your local fire codes.
Prevention is the most important in grease fire preparedness. Important components of grease fire prevention involve regularly scheduled cleaning of kitchen equipment, maintaining electrical wiring, maintaining and cleaning the kitchen exhaust hood vent system, also known as hood cleaning.
Grease fires can move in the kitchen by the direction of more grease. They can travel up the kitchen exhaust hood vent system, which is designed to minimize destruction to the kitchen interior. Unfortunately, if the kitchen exhaust system is not cleaned regularly , the surplus grease in the vent system can add extra fuel to the fire and spread the fire up to the roof of the restaurant .
As a certified hood cleaning Atlanta company , Cornerstone Commercial Services can inspect, clean, and maintain your kitchen exhaust vent system and explain the NFPA 96 code pertaining to them. We are your source for restaurant hood cleaning Atlanta.