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.
Hood Boss has put together this introduction to your Kitchen Exhaust System. This video walks you through the different components that make up your Kitchen Exhaust System. It also walks you through the cleaning process and maintenance involved between services. As a courtesy we have thrown in a few trouble shooting tips for your exhaust fan if it stops working. We feel its important to educate yourself and your staff on how you vent hood works, how to trouble shoot issues with your system, and what to maintain between services. Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns. Hood Boss would be happy to help provide information and/or give an in person orientation to your staff. Follow this link to learn more.
At Hood Boss we understand the revolving door that makes up the work force in the restaurant industry. With turnover in a facility comes lack of knowledge regarding how to use equipment. We came across this article that goes over step by step how to light pilot lights on different types of appliances.We wanted to share it with you to help provide resources to educate your staff. Hood Boss is always available to set up a time to provide an on site demonstration as well. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Follow this link to learn more.
In this article by Robert Fiorito, he discusses the importance of day to day awareness in the kitchen. During daily operations, the threat of fire can be a fleeting thought when the restaurant is slammed busy or even in the slower down times. These lapses in awareness allow for the possibility of kitchen fires. Minimizing these lapses comes down to proper training, preventative maintenance, and proper inspection/cleaning schedules. All kitchen fires can be prevented with the proper systems in place. Follow this link to learn more.
Solid fuel cooking is becoming a staple in many kitchens across the nation. Whether it be a wood burning pizza oven, a smoker pit, or even a charcoal fired grill; there are certain hazards that are inherent to this cooking style. In this article by Alex Garrote (a restaurant fire protection specialist at Cleveland-based ABCO Fire Protection), he covers a few factors that are extremely important to reducing the risks involved with solid fuel cooking. Follow this link to learn more.