The National Fire Prevention Association published NFPA 96 to provide a standard for installing commercial kitchen ventilation systems. NFPA 96 outlines the requirements for kitchen hoods and exhaust systems with these specifics:

  • minimum clearance distances to combustible materials

  • inspection procedures

  • types of exhaust systems

  • drainage requirements

  • hood system components

  • fire suppression system design and installation criteria

  • grease filter installation

  • and many others

It also contains guidance on designing an effective exhaust system that can reduce the risk of fire and smoke damage in a commercial kitchen environment.

For all food service establishments in London, Ontario, London Hood Cleaning is the best choice to effectively and consistently comply with NFPA regulations. We’re your premier hood and kitchen cleaning company!



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NFPA 96 Inspection Checklist

The NFPA 96 inspection checklist concerns the minimum fire safety requirements handed out to commercial kitchens. The checklist contains both preventative and operational guidelines that must be followed.

1. All exhaust hoods, vents, and other systems must be installed according to NFPA 96 regulations.

2. All kitchen utilities should be regularly inspected for cleanliness and potential fire hazards.

3. All grease filters must be securely installed and properly working.

4. All fire suppression systems should be regularly inspected and tested to guarantee they are in working order.

5. All wall and floor surfaces must be checked for the combustible buildup of grease and other materials.

6. Proper drainage must be present around all kitchen equipment, hoods, and vents.

7. Ensure the exhaust fan is functioning properly and meets the required static pressure requirements.

8. The exhaust hood must be inspected to ensure that it is sized correctly for the cooking equipment used in the kitchen.

9. All electrical wiring meets NFPA 96 standards for proper installation and maintenance.

These are just some items that need to be checked during an NFPA 96 inspection. London Hood Cleaning is here to ensure that all kitchen ventilation components, hoods, and fire suppression systems in the London area comply with NFPA 96 regulations. Call us to schedule your next inspection!


Commercial Cooking Equipment

London Hood Cleaning is a specialist in cleaning, inspecting, and maintaining commercial cooking equipment based on the guidelines established by NFPA 96. Our services transcend regular kitchen cleaning and include a deep cleaning of cooking surfaces, exhaust fans, and grease filters. We also inspect the commercial cooking equipment for any safety hazards or potential fire risks.

Commercial cooking equipment requires modern equipment for cleaning as it is prone to accumulating grease and other contaminants. For example, cleaning and inspecting the exhaust hood will need more than just a normal mop. Our cleaners reach all the areas and eliminate any hazardous buildup using the combination of steam and pressure washing.

As for exhaust fans, ductwork, and kitchen equipment, the challenge is always reaching tight and hard-to-reach spaces. London Hood Cleaning is well equipped with the tools to properly clean these areas and do a detailed inspection of the equipment. In short, we’re up for it!

Call our team for a detailed estimate. Don’t worry – we’ll provide the highest quality services, and all your kitchen equipment will comply with NFPA 96 regulations.


NFPA 96 Kitchen Hood London

The kitchen hood serves the most vital role in any commercial kitchen to ensure safety and compliance with NFPA 96. Kitchen hoods extract heat, steam, smoke, oil fumes, grease particles and other contaminants from the cooking environment.

The way they work makes them highly prone to catching fire and spreading smoke damage quickly throughout a building complex. In this regard, a kitchen hood must meet NFPA 96 standards and regulations to minimize the risk of fire outbreaks.

Because we’re well-acquainted with the rules promulgated by NFPA 96, London Hood Cleaning guarantees that all kitchen hoods in the London area comply with these standards. Call us ASAP, so we’ll tell you which aspect of your kitchen hood needs to be improved, and we’ll take care of the rest.


Minimum Fire Safety Requirements

London Hood Cleaning also provides fire safety consulting services and can help you meet the minimum requirements for fire safety in commercial kitchens.

We’ll inspect all the hoods, filters, ductwork, exhaust fans and other equipment and see that they’re safe from potential fire hazards. If any discrepancies or problems arise during the inspection, we’ll offer honest advice to have them fixed.

On top of that, we’ll provide regular maintenance services, too, so you don’t have any problems during fire safety inspections. Call us today, and let us take care of your kitchen equipment!


NFPA 96 Standards for London Restaurants

NFPA 96 was initiated to reduce the inherent fire hazards that come naturally in any cooking operation on a commercial scale. So, we’re talking about restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, school canteens, dormitories, prisons, etc.

The point of hiring a professional cleaning company is to see that every detail in the kitchen cleaning job is covered, from the hoods and filters to the duct fans and other equipment. Even the smallest details are important in NFPA 96 requirements. For example, the material used for the filters should withstand high temperatures and not easily catch fire.

London Hood Cleaning can help you meet NFPA 96 standards no matter how big or small your cooking operation is.


Commercial Cooking Operations

Commercial cooking operations refer to any cooking operation involving large-scale equipment and a kitchen hood for ventilation. The most common areas where these operations are found are restaurants and hotels, although kitchens in hospitals, prisons, and nursing homes are also considered commercial cooking operations.

The most challenging aspect of cooking for many people is ensuring their equipment’s safety. It’s not a walk in the park, especially when grease buildup is unstoppable.

The only effective way to combat this buildup in commercial cooking operations is by commissioning a professional hood cleaning company like London Hood Cleaning.



NFPA 96 Hood Cleaning Frequency

As per NFPA 96, the ideal hood cleaning frequency for commercial kitchen exhaust systems is six months, and within this time frame, all the hoods, filters, and ductwork must be cleaned in detail.

At London Hood Cleaning, we take this part of the job seriously and never neglect any corner. We’ll come to your place on time and, after an inspection, provide you with an accurate estimate for cleaning services that comply with NFPA 96 standards. The cleaning proceeds with the following steps:

1. Grease Removal – We remove the grease buildup from your hoods, filters, ductwork, fans and other kitchen equipment.

2. Deep Cleaning – All the surfaces are cleaned with certain chemicals (if needed) and left to dry for a few hours.

3. Final Touch – When the cleaning is complete, our team makes a final inspection to ensure all surfaces are free from grease or dirt. No residue should be left on any of the surfaces.

At London Hood Cleaning, we strive to give you the best hood cleaning services in London. So don’t hesitate to call us for a free quote.


Private Cooking Operations

Did you know that NFPA 96 regulations may also cover residential kitchens? This is when private cooking operations within that kitchen become commercial cooking operations.

For example, a home kitchen used for catering or baking for sale would be considered a private commercial kitchen and must meet NFPA 96 requirements.

It’ll make sense to call a professional hood cleaning service like London Hood Cleaning to guarantee everything meets the necessary standards.


NFPA 96 Code

Every London, ON, restaurant must do everything to comply with the NFPA 96 code. As it is mandatory, you may find hiring us for our consulting services worthwhile.

We welcome the opportunity to help you conduct a risk assessment of your kitchen, identify its hazards, evaluate the fire safety protocols, and suggest viable solutions.

We are here to guide you every step of the way whenever you need us for NFPA 96-related services. Don’t hesitate to call us today!


NFPA 96 Kitchen Hood Inspection

London Hood Cleaning offers a comprehensive NFPA kitchen hood inspection service that ensures your equipment meets the standards set out in NFPA 96. We’ll inspect not only the hoods but also all other components of the kitchen exhaust system, including:

  • fan motors and blades

  • filters and grilles

  • ductwork and associated components

  • fire suppression system

  • hood lighting

We will also inspect the kitchen exhaust system properly, including the fan units and all related components. We’ll furnish a report detailing all the issues that need to be addressed and offer suggestions on how to remedy them.


NFPA 96 Compliant

Safety is paramount when it comes to commercial kitchen exhaust systems. You should only work with a professional hood cleaning company because you don’t want to leave anything to chance when it comes to ensuring your kitchen is NFPA 96 compliant.

London Hood Cleaning follows a set of principles and procedures that guarantee the highest level of safety when it comes to hood cleaning. We make sure every corner is free of grease and dirt, so your system runs as it should, with no risk of fire or health hazards.


Frequently Asked Questions

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What is National Fire Protection Code 96?

This code refers to the minimum fire safety requirements in designing, installing, and maintaining commercial kitchen hoods and exhaust systems. It’s a brainchild of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

What does NFPA stand for?

The acronym stands for the National Fire Protection Association, a non-profit organization that sets fire safety standards for many industries.

What is the NFPA standard for fans?

The NFPA requires that upblast fans have a drain directed away from the building and be checked monthly for proper functioning. The fan must also meet certain static pressure requirements to ensure it is working correctly.

How much does it cost to clean a hood system?

Cleaning commercial hoods is a pro's job, and the cost of this service typically depends on several factors such as the size of your hood system, its current status, as well as the services required. Contact us and we'll provide you with a fair estimate.

How often should a hood vent be cleaned?

Hood vents go through some rough days, so it's important to have them cleaned frequently. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that kitchen hoods and vents be cleaned at least once a year, but in most commercial scenarios, they should be cleaned more often.

Do range hood vents need to be cleaned?

Yes, range hood vents need to be cleaned regularly to ensure proper functionality and performance. They also need to be inspected for any signs of damage or faults so they can be repaired or replaced in a timely manner.

How do you clean commercial range hood grease?

Commercial range hoods need to be cleaned using specialized products and techniques. Cambridge Hood Cleaning uses specifically formulated cleaning agents, pressure washing, as well as specific tools and equipment to deep clean your commercial range hoods, removing all dirt and grease.