Best Practices

Learn more about what you can do to support IKECA's commitment to fire prevention and life safety by advancing the quality of cleaning, inspection, and maintenance of commercial kitchen exhaust systems worldwide. 

In this Section:

Choosing a Professional Exhaust Cleaning Contractor

Guidelines and Best Practices

Kitchen exhaust cleaning professionals should be able to provide you with:

  • Company qualifications, including certifications
  • Start and complete dates for the job
  • Certificates of insurance and applicable licenses
  • References
  • Service report at the end of the job

When you are choosing a service provider, consider the following:

  • The “complete” job--from the hood in the kitchen to the fan on the roof
  • Proper access to all ductwork
  • Access panels may need to be installed
  • Fan access for cleaning, including fans on the roof
  • Frequency of inspection/cleaning determined by the cooking volume, as described in NFPA 96
  • Certificate of performance or hood certificate with details
  • Service follow-up for the commercial kitchen’s benefit with codes and insurance

Download IKECA’s Guidelines and Best Practices to find out more

Tips for Working with AHJs

For kitchen exhaust cleaners, a good relationship with their authorities having jurisdiction is essential and taking some pro-active steps is good business. Four basic suggestions will put you on the course to success.


Read the rest of the article from the IKECA Journal here: Working with AHJs


Top Five Things Every Restaurant Owner Should Know

Lack of Knowledge about commercial kitchen exhaust systems can come back to haunt an owner if a fire occurs. Learn the answers to these questions:

  1. As an owner, what is my responsibility with regard to cleaning the kitchen exhaust system?
  2. How often should my kitchen exhaust system be cleaned?
  3. What is considered clean?
  4. Why do I need access doors, and why weren’t they originally installed in the system?
  5. What documentation do I need?

Read the rest of the article from the IKECA Journal hereTop Five Things