It’s easy to think of grease just as a liquid, but did you know that according to IKECA grease also travels by vapors and smoke. That’s why its important that Philly eateries make sure that restaurant exhaust effluents are properly filtered. When working properly filters remove a large percentage of grease from the airstream, greatly reducing the amount of grease that will stick to the inside of the kitchen exhaust system and reducing the risk of a grease duct fire.
That’s why we tell all our clients that grease filters are the first lines of defense for restaurant safety, especially because grease is so highly flammable. Replacing and maintaining a restaurant’s grease filters is an important step in reducing the risk of kitchen grease fires, and keeping the city of brotherly love a wonderful place to wine and dine.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 96 is the standard for ventilation control and fire protection of commercial cooking operations. Here are some of their fire safety codes described in NFPA Code 96, specifically for grease filters, or ‘Grease Removal Devices.’
8 Important NFPA 96 Fire Codes for Hood Grease Filters for Grease Removal Devices:
1 – Listed grease filters, listed baffles, or other listed grease removal devices for use with commercial cooking equipment shall be provided.
2 – Listed grease filters and grease removal devices that are removable but not an integral component of a specifically listed exhaust hood shall be listed in accordance with UL 1046.
3 – Mesh filters shall not be used unless evaluated as an integral part of a listed exhaust hood or listed in conjunction with a primary filter in accordance with UL 1046.
4 – Grease filters shall be listed and constructed of steel or listed equivalent material.
5 – Grease filters shall be of rigid construction that will not distort or crush under normal operation, handling, and cleaning conditions.
6 – Grease filters shall be arranged so that all exhaust air passes through the grease filters.
7 – Grease filters shall be easily accessible and removable for cleaning.
8 – Grease filters shall be installed at an angle not less than 45 degrees from the horizontal.
Invest in the safety of your restaurant and commercial kitchen equipment by giving us a call and scheduling regular cleanings (we are IKECA Certified Professionals). Remember keeping your restaurant in compliance of NFPA 96 codes regarding fire safety can help prevent unnecessary damage, and save lives, by avoiding fire risks.