Boston, like many other cities in the United States, requires that certified cleaners complete hood cleaning jobs in the city. The requirements were put in place to ensure that commercial ventilation systems will be maintained in a way that promotes a safe establishment for both consumers and employees. Restaurants in particular need to make sure a professional service is utilized to significantly lower fire risk and maintain a clean working environment.
Professional exhaust cleaners are required to pass an exam on current NFPA 96 standards. The NFPA 96 is a document that extensively outlines best practices for preventive and operative fire safety requirements. The NFPA 96 covers a wide range of commercial cooking operations, including the design, installation, operation, inspection, testing and maintenance of all appliances found in a kitchen. The requirements address kitchen hoods, grease removal devices, exhaust duct systems, fans, fire suppression systems and clearance to combustibles.
The city of Boston requires that all commercial hood and ventilation cleaning contractors issue deficiency reports to establishment owners who do not comply with NFPA 96 standards. Copies of the report will be given to the establishment as well as forwarded to the Boston Fire Department. Establishment owners will be given a specific amount of time to fix the reported issues before more substantial legal action will be taken. Hood and ventilation cleaning companies must also report to the Fire Department when an establishment does not renew their contract with the hood cleaning company.
Having the requirements strictly enforced allows for the city of Boston to be one of the top dining locations in the country. Restaurants in Boston face a much lower risk of a kitchen fire due to grease buildup in their ventilation systems and enjoy clean kitchen and dining areas as well. CS Ventilation has been providing hood cleaning services in the Boston area for over 30 years. Call today to schedule regular cleanings.