Kitchen Hood Cleaning & Fire Protection: Things You Need To Know

Fire Protection

At 360 Services, we know that kitchen hood cleaning is one of the tasks that often gets overlooked or pushed off as other business issues come up. We’d like to change that because it is a critically important step to maintaining the safety and reliability of your business. Proper kitchen hood cleaning isn’t just something you should do; it’s something you are required to do by law in order to maintain a safe working environment as well as meeting fire protection standards.

So what are some of the biggest concerns and questions people have about kitchen hood cleaning? Here’s what we hear most:

“Can my employees clean it?”

Answer: No. Properly trained and qualified professionals like our team at 360 Services should be the only people to clean your kitchen exhaust systems. To clean these systems safely and properly it takes special equipment and knowledge that only a professional hood cleaning company can provide.

NFPA Fire Code #96:  11.4

“The entire exhaust system shall be inspected for grease buildup by a properly trained, qualified, and certified company or person(s) acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction and in accordance with Table 11.4 .

“How often do I have to clean my hoods?”

Answer: This depends on how often the hood gets used and the type of cooking that happens in your business. Usually, a reoccurring cleaning appointment is set up either on a monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual basis. A professional evaluation will provide you with an accurate estimate of how frequently cleanings should occur.

NFPA Fire Code #96:  11.4

Upon inspection, if the exhaust system is found to be contaminated with deposits from grease-laden vapors, the contaminated portions of the exhaust system shall be cleaned by a properly trained, qualified, and certified company or person(s0 acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.”

Table 11.4  Schedule of Inspection for Grease Buildup


Type or Volume of Cooking Inspection Frequency
Systems serving solid fuel cooking operations Monthly
Systems serving high-volume cooking operations, such as 24-hour cooking, charbroiling, or wok cooking Quarterly
Systems serving low-volume cooking operations Semiannually
Systems serving low-volume cooking operations, such as churches, day camps, seasonal businesses, or senior centers Annually

“What exactly gets cleaned?”

Answer: With a service provider like us, your hood cleaning will include a thorough cleaning and polishing of all the accessible areas within the system. The cleaning includes at a minimum the exhaust hood, fan, ductwork, and filters. At 360, we will even provide before and after photos of our work so you know it’s cleaned thoroughly.

“Do I need to have the entire unit cleaned?”

Answer: Yes. Responsible hood cleaning processes include a complete cleaning of all the hoods, fans, filters, & ductwork in the kitchen hood system. Fire protection regulations require that your system is clear of any hazardous grease laden vapors.

“How do I know who to hire?”

Companies like 360 Services have trained certified and trusted professionals who understand how to deliver quality hood cleaning services. You should also trust the experiences and recommendations of other business owners; we take great pride in being a company who is recommended time and time again because of our quality and professionalism.

If you have a question about kitchen hood cleaning or fire protection please contact us below or at! Be Safe.

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