Most restaurants are so focused on the day-to-day operations inside their kitchen that they are unaware of the potential hazards on their rooftops – including not properly maintaining or keeping the kitchen exhaust fan up to code. Failure to stay in compliance could result in violations, insurance problems, and possible fires and loss of life.
According to NFPA 96, a set of codes and standards for ventilation control and fire protection of commercial cooking operations by the National Fire Protection Association and followed by most city fire marshals, “approved up-blast fans with motors surrounded by the air stream shall be hinged, supplied with flexible weather-proof electrical cable and service hold-open retainers, and listed for this use.”
Steps to ensure your kitchen exhaust is in compliance include:
Taking these important steps can help ensure you are up to code and that you avoid potential downtime for your restaurant or damage to your exhaust fan or its components.