Restaurant Owners and Operators

Every Year, Nearly 11,000 Commercial Kitchens are Damaged by Fire

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the majority of restaurant fires originates on the kitchen cooking appliances and flare into the kitchen exhaust system. Regular maintenance of a restaurant’s kitchen exhaust system is one of the primary defenses against hazards. By keeping these systems working at their best, they will evacuate the smoke and grease out of the building and produce a cleaner, cooler kitchen and better working environment for staff. 

Not all Exhaust Cleaning Services are “Complete”

When contracting for cleaning services, it is important to ensure you get a complete cleaning of your entire system. Some contractors offer a “hood cleaning service which does not include the duct work or rooftop fan. While such services may keep the interior of the kitchen looking sharp, they do little to secure fire safety and reduce health threats. Only a complete cleaning of the system – from the hood in the kitchen to the fan on the roof – will reduce the risk of kitchen fires and ensure compliance with fire regulations.

Many companies are available today to clean kitchen exhausts. However, most companies do not clean to any standards, or just clean to the bare minimum. With 40% of all restaurant fires starting in the kitchen, it is more important than ever to make sure you hire a qualified professional that cleans to the highest standards.

The good news is that there is an easy way to make sure that you hire qualified companies to deal with your cleaning needs. The International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association is the largest organization dealing with Exhaust Cleaning and Industry Certification.

Since 1989, IKECA has been the industry leader in setting the highest standards for kitchen exhaust cleaners in the US, Canada, and internationally. 

Hire Only the Best Trained and Certified IKECA Members

When hiring a professional consultant or contractor it is important to hire a company with qualified and certified staff that will be following industry standards and guidelines to ensure a job done right.

IKECA Members are required to meet insurance requirements, adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and to maintain staff certified to IKECA standards, which include NFPA 96, OSHA Safety Regulations and pertinent standards of the International Code Council.

Kitchen Exhaust Professionals Should be Able to Provide you with:

  • Company qualifications, including certifications
  • Start and completion dates for the project
  • Certificates of insurance and applicable licenses
  • References

Hire an IKECA Member:

IKECA Members are trained and insured, cleaning to NFPA 96 and ICC Standards, and have certified personnel. Find an IKECA Member near you!