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NFPA 96 Guide: Commercial Kitchen Safety & Compliance

Welcome to NAKS, Inc.’s guide on NFPA 96, the Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations. As contractors, installers, or resellers, understanding the intricacies of NFPA 96 is paramount for ensuring the safety and compliance of commercial kitchens. In this blog post, we’ll delve into key aspects of NFPA 96, providing you with essential knowledge to navigate the code effectively. Here’s what you need to know:

Hood Cleaning Frequency

NFPA 96 outlines specific cleaning frequencies crucial for maintaining a safe kitchen environment. Depending on the type and volume of cooking operations, cleaning requirements vary:

  • Monthly: Solid fuel cooking operations.
  • Quarterly: High-volume cooking operations.
  • Semi-Annually: Moderate to low-volume cooking operations.
  • Annually: Low-volume cooking operations.
  • Rooftop Grease Containment Systems:

A Note on Updates to NFPA 96

Stay informed with the latest changes to NFPA 96 implemented in 2024, including:

  • Expands on mobile and temporary cooking operations, specifically related to updates from NFPA 58 (Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code).
  • Update on the responsbilities for inspection, testing, maintenance, and cleanliness, of commercial cooking operations has been expanded and clarified.
  • Update on the requirements for use, inspection, testing, and maintenance of labels

Ensuring Code Compliance – And Why It Matters For You

For contractors, installers, and resellers, keeping commercial kitchens up to NFPA 96 code is crucial. Staying informed ensures you are an accurate and trustworthy resource for the kitchens and clients you work with every day. Non-compliance not only risks fines but also poses significant safety hazards.

NAKS, Inc. is your reliable source for code-compliant solutions, offering a wide range of exhaust hood systems and accessories. Stay informed, stay compliant, and partner with NAKS for a safer, more efficient commercial kitchen environment – contact us today!