How Safe Is Your Chippy? Fire Risk With Grease and Dirty Equipment

Approximately one-quarter of all commercial property fires within a year are attributed to unkempt extraction and cooking systems. If ongoing maintenance and routine inspections were put in place, many of these incidents certainly could have been avoided.

Kitchen ductwork may be well out of sight, but it should never be out of mind.  With grease build-up taking place over time, and sometimes forgotten about by many, fire incidents within takeaways, pubs and restaurants are often caused by a lack of cleaning and proper maintenance of its ventilation & ductwork system.  Over time, the highly flammable grease deposits build up and eventually ignite, causing fire to spread at a rapid rate. This presents both a life-threatening hazard to employees, as well as risking the total destruction of a building.

Many ducts are routed through or channelled out to an external wall or roof. Therefore, if a fire starts, the chances of it spreading to other areas, often the entire premises and its surrounding buildings, are very high. Many buildings are also affected by the impact of smoke damage.

However, it’s not just fire and smoke damage that are worrying factors.  The business cost due to an out-of-action kitchen is vast, often resulting in the premises having to be closed down for structural and cosmetic renovations anywhere from 6-12 months, or even shut down altogether. This can cripple a business, leading to premature foreclosures due to a lack of income. This should be reason enough to maintain your ventilation and ductwork system to a good standard, preventing the build-up of grease, dirt and other fire hazards.

There are many reasons why companies do not focus on cleaning their extraction systems.  Usually, it is due to a lack of knowledge, cost and comprehension of the severity of poorly-maintained ducts. As a matter of fact, many insurance companies insist on specific regimes concerning kitchen extraction cleaning, and if not adhered to, this could affect a claim for loss or damage. We recommend that extract hoods and filters are cleaned and degreased on a daily basis, or by the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Ensuring that your kitchen extract system is running at optimum efficiency is where Ductbusters come in, our expert team can help. With years of experience in the field, at Ductbusters we offer only the best ventilation risk assessments and ductwork cleaning services. All ductwork is different, but our team of specialists possess the right tools and experience to tackle any system, ensuring it can be returned to full working order.

So, don’t risk your life or your livelihood. Get in touch with Ductbusters today and arrange your free site survey, in order to discuss your requirements further. If you have any questions, we are always happy to help. Simply Contact us via Alternatively, call us today on 0800 085 0403.

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