Kitchen extract ventilation systems key to fire integrity of buildings
Demand for cleaning and maintenance of kitchen extract ventilation systems has increased dramatically in the past year, according to the industry’s newly rebranded certification scheme BESA Vent Hygiene Register (VHR).
There has been a 78% increase in the number of works notified to the VHR digital database since last March with the annual total passing 21,000 for the first time. The dramatic increase in maintenance has been attributed to more clients, insurers and fire officers recognising the importance of these systems to the fire integrity of buildings.
There is at least one serious fire in a UK commercial kitchen every day, and owners are becoming increasingly aware that by improving the maintenance of their grease extraction systems, ventilation and ductwork, the risk of a fire spreading can be minimised.