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Why effective kitchen ventilation is important to staff health and safety

At Kitchen & Duct Cleaning, we understand the importance of keeping the ventilation ducts in your commercial kitchen clean and free of grease and other build ups. Failure to do so can pose a serious threat to the health and safety of both your staff and customers.

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Why is kitchen ventilation so important

Kitchen ventilation systems serve a variety of purposes. These include (but are not limited to) removing cooking-related fumes directly from the source, removing excess hot air, bringing in clean, cool air, regulating the flow of air through the kitchen, preventing the build-up of carbon monoxide, and providing sufficient air to allow proper combustion for fired appliances.

What happens if kitchen ventilation is not properly maintained?

Aside from the obvious fire hazard from having a large metal device coated in a residue of fat and grease, suspended over multiple burning appliances, there are a number of negative impacts that a poorly maintained ventilation system can have. Failure to remove the hot air of the kitchen and replace it with fresh, cool air can cause a stifling atmosphere. This can lead to lethargy among staff, which is bad enough in any work environment, but particularly so in such a dangerous location as a commercial kitchen. Likewise, failure to prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide in such an enclosed space can cause respiratory and other health problems for staff. These issues combined create an unsafe working environment and can result in higher levels of staff turnover.

What can be done about it?

Deep cleaning of your kitchen’s ventilation system should be undertaken at regular intervals, based on the manufacturer’s recommendations and the business of your kitchen. This involves dismantling the ventilation unit and steam cleaning it outside and in to remove all trace of contaminants.

At Kitchen & Duct Cleaning Ltd, we specialise in professional kitchen duct cleaning across London and the UK. Our team of professional commercial kitchen cleaners will see to it that all ventilation in your kitchen is thoroughly cleaned and remains effective. Get in touch with us today for your free, no-obligation quote.

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