Commercial Vent Hood Inspections

Running a busy restaurant can be stressful, and sometimes kitchen maintenance gets pushed to the back burner—but it shouldn’t.  The survival of your business depends on your fire suppression system’s ability to detect and suppress flames before they become uncontrollable. Between the heat, cooking grease, and the fast-paced working environment, commercial kitchen fires can ignite in the blink of an eye, and without a dependable fire suppression system they can be detrimental to your employees, customers, and property.


If your commercial kitchen’s fire suppression system needs an inspection, contact Martin Blough Company today. Our technicians will provide a thorough inspection to ensure your restaurant is prepared in the event of a fire.

NFPA Requirements for Commercial Vent Hoods

Although the National Fire Protection Agency’s (NFPA) requirements vary depending on the type of cooking performed in your commercial kitchen, some requirements are consistent for all kitchen suppression systems. NFPA-96 requires that all kitchen hoods:


  • Are frequently scrubbed and cleaned down to bare metal
  • Have no grease or oil contamination remaining on the hoods or vents
  • Are not treated in any way—this could prevent them from trapping grease effectively
  • Have routine inspections by a licensed fire protection company (like Martin Blough Company)

If your kitchen hood hasn’t been inspected recently, don’t wait.  Scheduling an inspection ensures that your kitchen’s suppression system is ready to handle any unexpected situation!

Commercial Vent Hood Inspection Process

Martin Blough Company provides thorough and reliable kitchen hood inspections throughout the State of Mississippi. When you schedule a kitchen hood inspection with us, our trained technicians will:


  • Visually inspect conduit and location of appliance, duct, and plenum nozzles
  • Inspect link line and position of detectors
  • Inspect the automatic actuation of the fire system by cutting a terminal test link
  • Test the remote pull station
  • Verify electric and gas shuts off when the system is activated
  • Replace fusible links and center link housings
  • Verify the gauge on pressurized tanks is at the proper level
  • Inspect the internal non-pressurized tanks for corrosion
  • Examine cylinders to record and verify the hydro test date
  • Examine the regulator to record and verify the test dates
  • Replace system cartridges when required by manufacturer (this is done at an additional charge)
  • Remove and clean nozzles to ensure they are not clogged and replace nozzle caps
  • Test all electrical interlocks (electric shut-offs and fan interlock requirements vary by local AHJs)
  • Inspect the piping and copper tubing for tightness
  • Record any obvious deficiencies discovered during the inspection
  • Replace fusible links, as needed, minimum once per year (this is done at an additional charge)

  • Provide Certificate of Inspection to verify and record status of current vent hood system


Martin Blough Company has been inspecting the kitchens of Mississippi’s favorite restaurants for years—contact us today to learn how you can benefit from a kitchen vent hood inspection!

Schedule your Commercial Vent Hood Inspection

Whether you’re looking for a one-time job, or a quarterly, semi-annual, or yearly inspection for your restaurant kitchen, Martin Blough Company is the company to call. Your commercial kitchen is the heart of your restaurant—don’t let it go up in flames.  Our fire suppression technicians will ensure your system is up to code and prepared to suppress any fire that erupts.


If you operate or manage a commercial kitchen in Mississippi, don’t leave your property, employees, and customers at risk. Call Martin Blough Company today to schedule your kitchen hood inspection!