If regular cleaning is not undertaken, fats, oily deposits and fibrous particles can accumulate in kitchen extract systems, reducing air flow efficiency and producing a warm greasy environment for bacteria to grow.
These areas, if not professionally maintained, can quickly become a fire risk and can be a major cause of the spread of fire. Under certain circumstances, flame or very high temperatures can ignite the grease causing fire to spread rapidly through the duct. Therefore, it is of particular importance that grease extract systems are regularly inspected and cleaned as required, to ensure they do not pose a major potential fire risk at any time.
Failure to ensure regular cleaning of kitchen grease extract systems can invalidate Buildings Insurance cover. We are aware of many cases where insurers have refused to pay out on millions of Euros worth of claims following fires where the insured has not complied with the conditions of their buildings insurance policies regarding regular cleaning of the grease extract systems.
The Health & Safety Executive and insurance guidance and regulations stipulate that kitchen extract systems should be kept clean to minimise fire and other risks. And the B&ES Association document TR19 ‘Cleanliness of Ventilation Systems’ provides specific guidance on methods of measuring and defining cleanliness as a bench mark for good practice.
It is your responsibility to ensure that kitchen grease extract systems (canopies, filters, ductwork, risers and fans) in all commercial kitchens are inspected as required by your buildings insurance policy, in accordance with Fire Safety and Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations.
Our experienced team of kitchen extract cleaning technicians will first assess your system then advise and recommend which cleaning regime is best suited to your circumstances. Airways has extensive knowledge of the effect of different types of food and cooking usage, this alongside recommendations from the HVCA form the basis of maintenance programmes to keep fire risks to a minimum and hygiene at the highest level.
On completion of all works Airways will issue a hygiene certificate, which can be displayed, allowing staff and customers alike to be assured that the kitchen is clean, legal and safe. In many cases, this is an insurance requirement.
"I would like to offer my compliments on the recent work carried out by Airways Canopy & Duct Cleaning Limited in TOSS'D Noodles & Salads.
I found the work carried out to be of an extremely high standard, it was completed conscientiously and efficiently and within agreed timeline and to budget."
Feidhlim O'Carroll, Director - Focus Food Ltd