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Fat chance to clean up

By May 18, 2015News

Within the stadium, you’ll have a number of catering outlets.  How often do you clean their extract ductwork?  How often should you?  At what point do they become a fire hazard?  And is it a job you can tackle in-house?  If you’re in any doubt about any of those questions, you need to talk to an expert.

The last thing anyone wants in a stadium is a fire, but the extract ductwork in commercial catering outlets can harbour an unseen fire hazard in the fat, oil and grease deposits which collect on the internal surface of the ductwork due to cooking.  How often you need to clean your kitchen extract ductwork will depend on how much it is used, and this is often more complex to manage in a stadium than in a restaurant as not all the outlets will be open for every match.  There are set intervals at which ductwork must be cleaned and it has to be done to specific standards.  This isn’t just good advice, it’s a legal responsibility.

Not following the fire safety regulations on extract cleaning could render your insurance invalid and, if negligence is proved, could also result in prosecutions.  If there were a fire in which a fatality occurred, the charges could be as serious as corporate manslaughter.

To avoid this you do need specialist help.

At Swiftclean we’ve amassed over 30 years of experience in this field, cleaning to TR/19, section 7, the recognised industry guidance document for extract ductwork cleaning.  We also advise some of the UK’s leading food retailing outlets on system design and maintenance.