Inspecting Commercial Kitchen Systems

Phil Ackland’s Inspecting Commercial Kitchen Systems Course will help you understand the fire codes and standards for commercial kitchen systems including but not limited to NFPA 96. This course has been certified to issue ICC and Insurance CEU’s upon completion.ICC Training and Education Provider Logo

Course Description

Learn how to inspect commercial kitchen exhaust and fire suppression systems. The reality is many systems are improperly installed and maintained. Identifying these areas will help inspectors prevent fires. This course is designed for fire prevention officers, building inspectors and designers.

This course takes you virtually into commercial kitchen systems and onto rooftops to show you code deficiencies. By the end of the course students will be able to identify and evaluate common fire hazards in commercial kitchen systems. Guest speakers cover topics of special interest (available on a per course basis).

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Course Goals

  • Provide a basic understanding of how exhaust systems are constructed, installed and maintained.
  • Identify parts and function of common commercial kitchen exhaust and fire suppression systems.
  • Provide a basic understanding of codes and standards: NFPA 96, IMC, UL 300 and other code requirements.
  • Demonstrate how to inspect systems for the most critical problems.
  • Identity what the authority having jurisdiction should expect from fire suppression service providers and kitchen exhaust cleaners.

Course Curriculum

Day One – In Class


  • Course overview
  • Explain course objectives


  • Ventilation and fire safety
  • Common architectural and blueprint errors
  • Cooking equipment and the different by-products they create

Components and Installation Requirements

  • Exhaust systems and suppression systems
  • NFPA 96 and local fire/building codes
  • UL 300
  • K-class portable fire extinguishers
  • Auxiliary equipment
  • Need for proper access

Inspector’s Protocol

  • Key issues to watch for
  • Pre-construction checklist
  • Post-operational inspections

Responsibilities of Service Providers

  • Fixed pipe fire suppression systems
  • Water wash hood maintenance
  • Exhaust cleaning requirements
  • After service follow-up reporting
  • Question and Answer

Day Two – Virtual Site Tours

Virtual Site Tours            

  • Review kitchen exhaust inspection sheet
  • Tour of actual kitchen exhaust systems

Inspection of Commercial Kitchens            

  • Teams prepare inspection reports
  • Review and critique inspection reports in class

Review of Common Non-compliant issues (as time allows)

Question and Answer    

Companion Text 

This special course companion book provides participants with a practical guide for future reference.

Questions? Contact Ackland and Sander Consulting at 706-516-4176.

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