The kitchen is the heart of every great restaurant, but it can also be a very dangerous place. Fires can have a massive impact on a business’s continuity and reputation, causing extensive property damage and can result in serious injury or fatality.
70% of fires in commercial kitchens originate in faulty extract ventilation systems due to a build-up of fat and grease (Kent Fire & Rescue). A build-up of this can also be an environmental health hazard, as high levels of bacteria can spawn.
Filters cannot remove all traces of grease and dirt that is generated in the kitchen, so over time a substance can form on the walls of the ventilation ducts, canopies and extraction fans. This substance is highly flammable and when left uncleaned, increases the threat of a fire dramatically.
The British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE) found that fires involving restaurants and cafes represent 42% of all fires within the food and drink sector put together. Food and drink related fires are statistically the third most likely to cause large fires in the UK (BAFE). So how can your business ensure it will not become part of these statistics?
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005, it states that your extract systems must be part of your fire risk assessment with action taken to reduce any possible fire risk to buildings or occupants. If you fail to carry out the correct cleaning and maintenance requirements, this could lead to a breach of Environmental Health regulations and could even terminate your fire insurance policy.
How can CK Direct help you?
In order to meet these requirements, cleanliness in your premises should be a priority. Your ducting needs to regularly maintained by a professional in order to reduce the risk of a health or fire hazard. At CK Direct, safety is our priority.
The CK Direct AirTeck has been specifically designed with the safety of our customers in mind. The unit is installed between the extraction point and the exhaust fan but is placed outside of the ductwork to help make maintenance much more efficient. The unit not only eliminates odours by oxidising the pathogens in the exhaust pipes, but also prevents the build-up of residue.
We also have a team of specialists who offer a first-class maintenance service. If you would like to have your canopy and ducting cleaned by CK Direct, then give us a call on 01733 230378. We offer a free over-the-phone evaluation, or for a fee, we can send out a trained engineer to you to carry out a full evaluation.
CK Direct are here to support you and your business, ensuring your kitchen exceeds all cleanliness standards and legal requirements. We will help you to run a safer, more proficient kitchen.