As Operations Manager and a Certified Exhaust System Inspector (CESI) for Hood Boss of Austin, I visit many types of facilities and inspect numerous types of kitchen exhaust systems. Besides following up on the quality of work of our technicians, most of my visits are to inspect the work of other vent hood cleaning companies. I have a trained eye to look for the areas that many vent hood cleaning companies have a habit of overlooking or do not consistently give attention. I do not consider these visits as a sales call and I never use it as an opportunity to “bash” a competitor. I consider it as an opportunity to educate someone on the importance of our service and what should be considered quality workmanship.
Of the fires studied by the NFPA, more than 59 percent started in the kitchen, a fact that underscores how important understanding and implementing these best practices for fire safety really are. We will describe several fire safety best practices in three primary areas – preventative maintenance, good housekeeping, and employee training – These practices together can help significantly reduce the risk of fire in your kitchen.