Your Kitchen: Is it FIRE SAFE?

Owners of commercial kitchen establishments know that there are a million day-to-day maintenance tasks required for the upkeep of their venue’s kitchen, but the one that most often falls through the cracks is ensuring that it is fire safe. Yet, it is one of the most important.

A commercial kitchen is defined as any kitchen that has cooking equipment that produces grease and grease laden vapours, such as flat grills, char broilers and deep fryers. Here are the two most common types of kitchen equipment that produce grease and grease laden vapours, and what you need to install to make them safe.

  • Deep Fryer – A major cause of kitchen fires due to oil splashing that can easily come in contact with surrounding flames. Therefore, a 16-inch clearance needs to be maintained between it and any surrounding open flam cooking equipment. If that is not possible, then a vertical steep barrier, at least 12-inches tall, must be used. It also needs to have a high temperature limiting device installed, which will shut off the fuel or energy whenever the oil exceeds certain extreme temperatures.
  • Flat Grills – Typically used for frying hamburgers and bacon, it requires two protective components in order to be fire safe. The first, is a hood and ventilation system. The second, is an automatic extinguishing system.

A commercial  hood and ventilation system consists of an exhaust canopy, ductwork, fan system and ventilation system in order to effectively remove the heat, grease and vapours from the area. However, installing them is not enough, you also need to have them serviced and cleaned regularly. The grease that is being sucked out of the air will eventually build-up inside the system, and so will require frequent cleaning in order to prevent the risk of a grease fire and maintain a fire safe kitchen.

It can get very heated in the kitchen, particularly with naked flames, steam, fat, smoke and odours constantly produced. Which is why it is fundamental that your canopy cleaning complies with all safety standards and regulations. Grease Busters specialises in commercial kitchen canopy, exhaust and duct cleaning, and can guarantee that our specialist skills will ensure your kitchen is fire safe and a gleaming clean environment for your staff.


Author bio


Cameron Monley is the charming and quirky mastermind behind the thriving commercial kitchen range hood cleaning business Grease Busters.With a warm and friendly personality, Cameron excels at building personal relationships with his clients. He takes the time to get to know each client on a personal level, understanding their unique needs and concerns.Cameron's commitment to exceptional customer service, combined with his expertise in kitchen duct cleaning, sets him apart from the competition.He is known for his kind and caring nature, as well as his professional approach to business. With Cameron at the helm, you can be confident that your kitchen canopies are in good hands.With over 18 years of experience in the commercial kitchen cleaning industry, Cameron has been wiping out grease and grime since 2005, leaving his clients with sparkling clean and safe kitchens

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  • Avatar Danielle Wall ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    From the moment I made contact with Grease Busters I was greeted with efficient and friendly service! I needed my commercial kitchen cleaned within 2 days before the sale and hand over of my shop and Cameron and his team had the quote out to me that morning … read more and the job done 2 days later. I can not recommend them highly enough!
  • Avatar petroh daczynski ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    We have been utilizing Grease Busters for a few years now and they have been fantastic to work with.
    Cameron is always a pleasure to deal with and more than happy to accommodate working in with us to get the job done.
    The crew always turn up on time and
    … read more go about their business with minimal fuss and have never let us down getting the kitchen up and running on time.
    Great company to do business with.
  • Avatar Jack Bakon ★★★★★ a month ago
    First time using Grease busters on one of our commercial sites and could not fault their workmanship. Cameron was a pleasure to work beside from start to finish. He was also able to deliver a quick turnaround that helped me immensely. highly recommend! … read more