As commercial kitchens are often used around the clock in today’s world, grease hood cleaning becomes even more paramount for businesses. As the system builds up with grease, the equipment runs the risk of igniting, often, without warning.
A kindling flame can easily cause a lot of damage, extremely quickly. Insurance claims can also be rejected on the basis of hazards, which can be a huge issue for business owners like Dennis:
More than 100 people were evacuated from a CBD unit block after a restaurant fire sent smoke billowing through the city.
An oil fire started in the kitchen of the Lynn Shanghai Cuisine restaurant on Castlereagh St, near Park St, at 11.30am Tuesday.
The amount of smoke the fire generated could bee seen rising through the city skyline and prompted a large response from firefighters.
Only a few staff were in the restaurant but it was fully booked for dinner Tuesday night according to the Daily Telegraph.
The fire was brought under control within about half an hour but the kitchen suffered enough damage to close the restaurant for business.
Lynn Shanghai Cuisine restaurant owner Dennis Chair was in the kitchen when the blaze broke out.
“I used the extinguisher but it was too late, the fire took a few seconds,” Mr Chair said.
NSW Fire and Rescue station officer Tony Camilleri said smoke was coming out from the roof of the building after oil in the kitchen had overheated.
The smoke travelled through vents making it appear the fire was at the top of the building.
“When oil burns it produces a lot of smoke,” Mr Camilleri said.
Routine grease hood cleaning removes highly flammable liquids such as fats and oils from equipment including canopy hoods, fans and associated ductwork to reduce risk.
As well as the principal benefits of safeguarding a healthy low-risk working environment, grease hood cleaning has the additional benefit of providing substantial cost savings – through the reduction of expensive repairs and the avoidance of downtime.
Nowadays, it is possible to keep your system cleaner for the long-term with innovations in kitchen grease filter technology. Businesses can now stop up to 98% of this grease from getting past the filter and into the hood.
Upon your next grease hood clean, contact Shepherd Filters to then help KEEP IT CLEAN (and reduce your fire risk)!