A very popular question we get here at Hoods Unlimited is how often does my exhaust system need cleaned and who requires it? Well, I suspect if you currently find yourself having to hurry and find a hood cleaner you know that either your fire marshal or insurance agent is requiring that your kitchen exhaust hood system needs cleaned. Lets talk about these people and where they get their information.
Fire Marshal's have the enormous task of ensuring all the public buildings in their jurisdiction adhere to the many fire codes no matter the fire risk. NFPA96 is one volume in a seemingly infinite amount of codes. If NFPA clearly states you must do something coupled with possible nearby fires in recent history caused by restaurant hoods, you can bet the fire marshal will be up to date on information in NFPA96, especially as it pertains to Chapter 11 on cleaning and maintenance.
Insurance agents must respond to the growing number of claims that are being made by restaurant fires and the alarmingly high percentage of them that are caused by hood fires. Armed with the literature highlighted in pink in the picture, agents call on their insured and a exhaust hood cleaning company they are contracted to protect themselves from a loss.