Most Philadelphia area restaurant managers likely think of grease only as a liquid, but as kitchen exhaust cleaning professionals we know grease can travel by vapors and smoke.
That’s why it’s important that the exhaust effluent is properly cleaned and filtered. At IMC we properly clean the entire kitchen exhaust system including the filters, hood, ductwork and fan so that a large percentage of the grease is removed from the airstream to reduce the risk of a grease duct fire.
Because grease is highly flammable, we consider grease filters one of the first lines of defense for restaurant kitchen safety. Properly cleaning, replacing, and maintaining your kitchen grease filters is an important step in reducing the risk of a restaurant fire.
Did you know that The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 96 provides the standard for ventilation control and fire protection of commercial cooking operations? Below we’ve listed a few of their fire safety codes described in NFPA Code 96, specifically for grease filters, or ‘Grease Removal Devices.’ We hope you find them useful.
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.
We encourage Philadelphia area restaurant owners to invest in the safety of their restaurant and commercial kitchen equipment by scheduling regular cleaning by an IMC certified professional. You can help prevent unnecessary damage to your equipment, save lives, and avoid costly kitchen fires by keeping your restaurant in compliance of NFPA 96 codes.