Every night our kitchen exhaust cleaning technicians set out with the mission to keep restaurants safe from the risk of fire. The certified kitchen exhaust cleaning technicians that work on our team always make sure they go beyond the kitchen’s exhaust hood. A complete cleaning covers every inch of an exhaust system, from the hood all the way to the rooftop kitchen exhaust fan. This leaves nothing behind but bare metal because only a bare metal cleaning can reduce the risk of fire. Our technicians understand that nothing is of higher priority than protecting your commercial kitchen from the threat of fire. Did you know that over 10,000 restaurant fires are caused each year due to mismanaged kitchen exhaust and hood systems? Many of these restaurant fires occur after a “typical” cleaning has been performed. This occurs when restaurant owners use uncertified or small fly-by-night cleaning operations that lack the training, tools, and capability to clean commercial kitchen exhaust systems to code. The truth is, only a certified contractor can provide the inspection and bare metal cleaning you need to keep your business, employees, and customers safe. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), many restaurant fires originate on kitchen cooking appliances that quickly spread into the kitchen exhaust system. Fire can spread rapidly through neglected grease-laden exhaust systems, and then onto the roof. While most kitchen exhaust hoods are equipped with fire suppression equipment, most exhaust systems leading up to the fan on the roof are not. If the fire is not extinguished at the hood and gets into the exhaust system, by the time the fire department responds, the damage can be extensive. Restaurant owners can protect their businesses and livelihood from destructive commercial kitchen fires. The best way to protect your investment is to have your kitchen exhaust system regularly cleaned by certified professionals. Here are three essential tips on how to prevent kitchen exhaust fires in your commercial kitchen.