Ventilation Surveys & Services Ltd Warn Managers: Don’t Let Grease Fires Claim Your Business

Industry leading ventilation hygiene and system surveying company, Ventilation Surveys & Services Ltd (VSS), is warning Facilities Managers at fast foods outlets of the dangers of complacency when dealing with grease-laden kitchen extract systems.

Commercial kitchens produce large amounts of heat, water vapour, smoke, and perhaps most significantly, grease.   Regular cleaning is absolutely essential, as these highly flammable greasy deposits collect in kitchen extract systems, posing a significant fire hazard.  An on-going maintenance programme prevents grease accumulation, thereby removing the fuel for in-duct fires.

The Fire Safety Order (2005) puts the legal responsibility with the Facilities Managers at such companies to ensure that kitchen grease extract systems in all commercial kitchens are inspected as required by the building’s insurance policy, and comply at all times with Fire Safety and Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations. In fact, poorly maintained kitchen extraction systems is a leading cause of fire in areas where food is routinely prepared, and can lead to the invalidation of a company’s insurance cover. 

VSS has extensive experience in ensuring that clients conform with the Fire Regulatory Reform Order and all other relevant legislation and guidance, reducing the customers’ exposure to the risk of fire, and improving the performance and lifespan of extraction systems.  As a matter of course, clients will receive a comprehensive report following a system clean with certification, photos, recommendations and findings.

Ventilation Surveys & Services Ltd has an impressive 25 years’ worth of experience in its sector, working for businesses of all sizes, from global name organisations to small independents.  VSS understands that the routine maintenance of systems is important in order to ensure building safety, particularly when it comes to fire safety.

In addition to the company's extensive industry experience, Group and Company CEO, George Friend, was also elected as President of the European Ventilation Hygiene Association (EVHA), and is regarded as a genuine authority in his field, while Group Sales and Operations Officer, Nick Umfreville, is the author of ductwork cleaning guidelines throughout the world.

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About Ventilation Surveys & Services Ltd.

Led by George Friend and Nick Umfreville, VSS has a wealth of industry experience, spanning over 25 years, working with small independents as well as global organisations.  More recently George Friend was elected President of the European Ventilation Hygiene Association, and is regarded as a genuine authority in the industry.

Services include ductwork cleaning and remediation, hygiene surveys, inspection and testing of local exhaust ventilation systems (LEV) and air conditioning energy assessments (EPBD).

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