Foreign cuisine conquered the Netherlands a long time ago and the Dutch may very well be at the top of the list when it comes to enjoying exotic foods. Culinary diversity has long since been widespread and tapas restaurants, kebab shops and barbecue restaurants are easy to find, even in (smaller) villages. In recent years, fast food restaurants, wok restaurants and all-you-can-eat establishments have really taken off and can now be found in virtually every town and city. The Dutch can’t get enough of them, but the odours given off by these restaurants, as well as the lurking danger posed by grease accumulating in extraction ducts, is often overlooked.
Danger lurking behind an immaculate extractor hood
Cooking and preparing food almost always produces grease and smoke particles, some of which are flammable. The grease and smoke are extracted through the extractor hood, and ultimately find their way into the ventilation duct where they accumulate. Fans too are often penetrated by grease. It is not uncommon to find extractor hoods in restaurants that look immaculate on the outside, but the story on the inside may be a different one. It is important to ask whether or not the right filters are being used and if regular, adequate maintenance is being carried out. In fact, extraction ducts are often so greased up that chimney fires can develop rapidly. Grease accumulation is an underestimated fire hazard and deserves serious attention. If there’s a flame in the pan, it can reach up through the extractor hood and into the extraction duct. The highly flammable accumulation of grease can then cause a fire that can quickly spread to the rest of the building, which no restaurant owner needs. It’s also a major hazard to employees and the environment. Extraction ducts can, however, only be cleaned by specialist companies with appropriate equipment and professional expertise. Before it gets to that though, there are solutions to help filter grease, smoke and soot particles to prevent them from ever entering the ventilation system.
Odours from kitchens
In densely populated areas, shopping centres, central stations, etc., restaurants can be a significant source of odours. Cooking odours are released and find their way into other shops or become a nuisance to people outside, even neighbours. To help combat this nuisance, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has drawn up a set of air regulations Odour nuisance can be caused by odours escaping from the central extraction system, in much the same way, and at the same speed, as odours passing through open doors and windows. But, if doors and windows are closed and the central extraction system is inadequate, customisation will be needed. To bring odours down to an acceptable level, the regulations set out in the activities rules of InfoMil (part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) must be adhered to as a minimum.
Effectively tackling grease, smoke and odours
Cleaning the ventilation system is a demanding and costly task. To help reduce grease accumulation in the extraction duct significantly, a modular kitchen filtration system from Euromate may prove useful. This filter system extracts the smallest particles from the air, helping to reduce ventilation system maintenance costs and, importantly, minimising the risk of fire. And by combining the right units, you can even filter out annoying odours, which the neighbours, and the environment, will almost certainly appreciate.
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