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Timely kitchen cleaning can prevent fires

Published 5th November, 2015 by Neil Nixon

Timely kitchen cleaning can prevent fires

Gary Nicholls, managing director of Swiftclean Building Services, has appealed for restaurant proprietors to make kitchen extract ductwork cleaning more of a priority, following two London restaurant fires.

“Both incidents provide a clear illustration of the cost which can result when essential kitchen extract ductwork cleaning is not carried out - both human and financial,” said Gary Nicholls. “The kitchen itself can be otherwise spotless, but if unseen fat, oil and grease build up in the extract ductwork, it can make a simple kitchen fire far worse. We urge all fast food outlet proprietors to be diligent in carrying out this cleaning in order to ensure the safety of their employees and the general public. If we can remove the grease that fuels these fires, we can reduce the number of actual fires...This sort of fire can be avoided with regular cleaning in compliance with TR/19, the leading industry guidance document on ventilation ductwork hygiene.”

Nicholls continued: “If restaurant owners are not sure if their extract systems are TR/19 compliant, we are happy to give advice, and we have a handy online compliance checker on the Swiftclean website...The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 imposes a duty to control the fire risk posed by kitchen extract systems. Failure to control this risk constitutes breaking the law and fire service inspectors have the power to serve enforcement notices. Such notices can cause brand damage or, in worst cases where it is deemed that there are no adequate risk controls in place and this represents a serious fire risk, can prevent businesses from trading.”

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