AHJ Resources

As the only nonprofit organization dedicated to fire prevention and life safety by promoting kitchen exhaust cleaning to a higher standard, IKECA is working diligently to educate, inform and partner with authorities having jurisdiction throughout North America and provide them with valuable fire prevention resources.

AHJ – Inspector Top 10 List
The Basic Information all Fire, Life Safety, and Code Officials Should Reference. This handy reference presents questions to consider upon inspection of a commercial kitchen and includes questions regarding: Fire Protection, Specialty Equipment, Exhuast Fans, Duct Work, Hoods, Cooking Equipment, New Construction/Pre-Occupancy Inspections, the Cooking Operation, Proper Documentation and the Service Provider. AHJs should always refer to the approved code that guides their jurisdiction.The AHJ Inspector Top 10 List can be downloaded here.

Complimentary Membership in IKECA for Publicly Funded AHJs! As a result of the very first AHJ committee meeting at which a recommendation was made to offer complimentary membership to AHJs in light of budgetary constraints, the IKECA board of directors has approved offering publicly funded AHJs complimentary membership in IKECA. Spread the word to your local AHJs or apply for membership here.

Complimentary registration for IKECA events is available to our AHJ Members.  Enjoy educational sessions as well as the opportunity to network with AHJ’s from other jurisdictions.  Contact IKECA today for additional information.

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Jurisdictions with IKECA AHJ Members

as of 8/11/2017

Montgomery Fire And Rescue
Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service

Avondale Fire Department
Corona de Tucson Fire Department
Gilbert Fire Department
Scottsdale Fire Department

Bella Vista Fire Department
Bentonville Fire Department
Siloam Springs Fire Department
Siloam Springs Fire Department
Texarkana Arkansas Fire Department

City of Huntington Beach Fire Department
City of Napa Fire Department
City of Santa Monica Building & Safety Divsion
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District
Culver City Fire Dept
Kings County Fire Department
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Palm Springs Fire Dept.
Pomona Fire Prevention
Torrance Fire Department

East Grand Fire Protection District
Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District

Connecticut Office of State Fire Marshal

Broward County Board of Rules And Appeals
Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Marshal’s Bureau
City Of Hollywood Fire Rescue Department
City of Sunrise
Fort Lauderdale Fire Marshals Office
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
Lauderhill Fire Rescue
North Lauderdale Fire Rescue
North Port Fire Rescue
Okeechobee City Fire Department
Seminole County Fire Department
South Trail Fire District
Stuart Fire Rescue
Tamarac Fire Rescue
URS Federal Technical Services, Inc.

Brunswick Fire Department
City of Canton Fire Department
City of McDonough Fire Department
Peachtree City Fire and Rescue

Alton Fire Department
Collinsville Fire Department
Itasca Fire Protection District
New Lenox Fire District
New Lenox Fire Protection District
River Forest Fire Dept
Springfield Fire Department
Sycamore Fire Dept.

Clay Fire Territory
Lafayette Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau
Pike Township Fire Department

North Liberty Fire Department

City of Leawood Fire Department
Lenexa Fire Department

DPW, Engineer Div. Fort Campbell

City of Ellsworth Fire Department

Athol Fire Department
Boston Fire Department
Easthampton Fire Department
Fire District No. 1
Granby Fire Department
Hadley Fire Department
Holyoke Fire Department
Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, Department of Fire Services
Northampton Fire Department
Northampton Fire Rescue
West Springfield Fire Department

Bangor Township Fire Department
Grandville Fire Department

Chanhassen Fire Department
Chaska Fire Department
City of Bloomington Fire Prevention Division
City of Edina
Eden Prairie Fire Department
Edina Fire Department
Hopkins Fire Department
Inver Grove Heights Fire Department
Minneapolis Fire Inspection Services
Minneapolis Fire Inspections
Roseville Fire Department
Savage Fire Department
Shakopee Fire Department
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

City of Springfield Fire Department
Creve Coeur Fire Protection District
Hannibal Fire Dept

Las Vegas Fire And Rescue

New Hampshire
Hudson Fire Department, Hudson Fire- Local

New Jersey
Atlantic City Fire Department
Bergenfield Fire Department
Borough of Somerville
Flemington Bureau of Fire Safety
Florham Park Local Enforcing Agency
Franklin Township Bureau of Fire Prevention
Franklin Township Fire Prevention
Somerville Fire Prevention
Ventnor City Fire Dept. Bureau of Fire Prevention
Warren Township Fire Prevention
Warren Township, NJ”

New York
Bureau of Fire Prevention
City of Kingston D.P.W.
City of Middletown
City Of Newburgh Fire Department
City of Peekskill Building Department
City of Poughkeepsie
City of Poughkeepsie Building Dept
County of Albany
Maplewood Fire
Mount Kisco Building Department
Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office
New York State Department Of Health
New York State Office Children Family Services
NYS Thruway
Oneida Indian Nation
Orchard Park Fire District
Port Authority of NY & NJ
Purchase Fire Department
Pyramid Management Group, LLC
Rochester Fire Department
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rockland County Health Department
Swanson Consulting
Syracuse Fire Department
Syracuse Fire Dept. Fire Prevention Bureau
T/O Mamakating And V/O Bloomingburg
Town Of Blooming Grove
Town Of Brighton – New York
Town of Brookhaven
Town of Carmel
Town of Catskill
Town of Colonie Fire Services
Town of Cornwall
Town of Cornwall
Town Of Crawford
Town Of Crawford
Town Of Deerpark New York
Town of Dover
Town of Dryden
Town of Farmington
Town of Fishkill N.Y.
Town Of Goshen
Town Of Goshen
Town of Haverstraw
Town of Horseheads
Town of Hyde Park
Town of Lewisboro
Town of Minisink
Town Of Monroe Building Department
Town Of Montgomery
Town Of Newburgh
Town Of Newburgh Code Compliance
Town of North Salem
Town of Oneonta
Town of Orangetown Bureau of Fire Prevention
Town of Ramapo
Town Of Rociclan New York
Town of Sand Lake Code Enforcement
Town of Southport
Town of Stony Point
Town Of Tusten Building Department
Town of Ulster
Town of Union Vale N.Y.
Town Of Wallkill Building Department
Town of Wappinger
Town-Village of Harrison, NY
University of Albany
Village of Airmont
Village Of Chester
Village Of Ellenville Building Department
Village Of Harriman
Village of Haverstraw
Village of Hillburn
Village of Irvington
Village of Mamaroneck Building Dept
Village of New Paltz Building Dept
Village of New Square
Village of Nyack
Village of Ofkaseb
Village of Piermont
Village of Pleasantville
Village of Pomona
Village of Ravena
Village of Suffern
Village of West Haverstraw

North Carolina
Greensboro Fire Department
Town of Wake Forest Fire Inspections

Aurora Fire Department
Bath Fire Dept
Beavercreek Township Fire Department
Brimfield TWP FD
City of Kent Fire Department
Cuyahoga Falls Fire Dept.
Franklin Township Fire Prevention
Kent Fire Department
Portage County Government
Portage Fire Prevention
Ravenna Township Fire Department
Suffield Fire Department
Tallmadge Fire

Catoosa Fire Department
Norman Fire Dept

City of Bend Fire Department
Hillsboro Fire Department
Jefferson County Fire Dist #1
Keizer Fire District
Oregon State Fire Marshal, Department of State Police
Polk County Fire District No. 1
Portland Fire & Rescue

Lower Providence Township
Mt Lebanon Fire Department
Municipality of Monroeville
Philadelphia Fire Department

South Carolina
Beaufort Fire RescueBoiling Springs Fire District
Charleston Fire Department
City Of Charleston Fire Department
City of Conway Fire Dept.
City of Gaffney Fire Department
City of North Charleston Fire Department
City of North Myrtle Beach
City of Spartanburg Fire Department
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Charleston Fire & EMS
Columbia Airport DPS
Duncan Fire Department
Fountain Inn Fire Department
Greenville City Fire Department
Hardeeville Fire Department
Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue
Howe Springs Fire Rescue
Isle of Palms Fire Department
James Island Public Service District Fire Department
Moncks Corner Rural Fire Department
Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District
North Charleston Fire Department
North Myrtle Beach DPS
Orangeburg County
Orangeburg County Fire District
Pickens Rural Fire District
Richland County Emergency Services Department – Fire Marshal’s Office
Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office
Rock Hill Fire Department
SC Department of Health and Environmentall Control
South Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal
South Carolina State
South Carolina State Fire
St. Andrews PSD Fire Department
St. John’s Fire District
Summerville Fire Department
Town of Mount Pleasant Fire Dept.
Town of Summerville
Travelers Rest Fire Department
West Florence Fire Department

Harker Heights Fire Dept
Mesquite Fire Department
Victoria Fire Department

Logan Fire Department
Park City Fire Service District
Riverdale Fire Department
Utah County Fire Prevention Bureau
Utah Department Of Public Safety
Utah State University
Weber Fire District

Fort Eustis Fire & Emergency Services

City of Bremerton Fire Department
Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office
Yakima Fire Department”
West Virginia
“Wisconsin Appleton Fire Department
Beaver Dam Fire Dept.
Blue River Fire Department
City of Eauclaire Fire Department
City of Madison Fire Department
Fitchburg Fire Department
Grand Rapids Fire Department
Hales Corners Fire Department
Pine Labe Fire Rescue
Superior Fire Department
Tess Corners Fire Department
Town Of Beloit
Village Of West Milwaukee
Watertown Fire Department
Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association

City of Rock Springs

Amherstburg Fire
Barrie Fire And Emergency Service
Barrie Fire Emergency Service
Belleville Fire Department
Blue Mountains Fire Services Department
Brampton Fire Department
Brantford Fire Department
Brock Township Fire Department
Burlington Fire
Burlington Fire Department
Carleton Place Fire Dept
Carleton Place Fire Prevention
Central York Fire Services
City of Belleville Fire Department
City of Kawartha Lakes F.R.
Clarence-Rockland Fire Department
Clarington Fire
Clearview Township
Collingwood Fire Department
East Gwillimbury Emergency Services
Essex Fire Rescue
Georgina Fire Department
Gravenhurst Fire Department
Greater Napanee Emergency Services
Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Toronto Pearson International Airport
Grimsby Fire Department
Grimsby Fire Department
Haldimand Emergency Services
Innisfil Fire And Rescue
Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue
Kingston Fire & Rescue
Kingsville Fire Department
Lincoln FD
Markham Fire Department
Mississage Fire
Municipality of Brockton
Oakville Fire Department
Ottawa Fire Services
Pelham Fire Department
Prince Edward County Fire Department
Richard Hill Fire & Emergency Services
Richmond Hill Fire And Emergency Services
Sarnia Fire Rescue Services
Sault Fire Services
Selwyn Fire Department
Severn Fire
St. Catharine’s Fire Service
St. Clair Fire Department
Sudbury Fire
Temagami First Nation
Thorold Fire Emergency Services
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
Timmins Fire Department
Town of Ajax
Town of Lakeshore Fire Department
Trent Hills Fire Department
Uxbridse Fire Department
Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service
Wellington North Fire Server
West Nipissing Fire Service
Whitby Fire
Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire & Emergency Services
Whitechurch Stouffville Fire
Windsor Fire
Windsor Fire and Rescue Services

Cree Nation Government
Incendie Rosemere
Saint- Eustache Fire Department
Securite incendie
Securite Incendie de Blainville
Securite incendie Mirabel
Securite incendie ville de St-Jerome
Ville de Sainte-Thérès

Singapore Civil Defence Force

Saudi Arabia
Advance Consultants Fire”

Best Practices

Learn more about what you can do to support IKECA’s commitment to fire prevention and life safety by advancing the quality of cleaning, inspection, and maintenance of commercial kitchen exhaust systems worldwide.

Choosing a Professional Exhaust Cleaning Contractor

Guidelines and Best Practices

Kitchen exhaust cleaning professionals should be able to provide you with:

  • Company qualifications, including certifications
  • Start and complete dates for the job
  • Certificates of insurance and applicable licenses
  • References
  • Service report at the end of the job

When you are choosing a service provider, consider the following:

  • The “complete” job–from the hood in the kitchen to the fan on the roof
  • Proper access to all ductwork
  • Access panels may need to be installed
  • Fan access for cleaning, including fans on the roof
  • Frequency of inspection/cleaning determined by the cooking volume, as described in NFPA 96
  • Certificate of performance or hood certificate with details
  • Service follow-up for the commercial kitchen’s benefit with codes and insurance

Download IKECA’s Guidelines and Best Practices to find out more

Tips for Working with AHJs

For kitchen exhaust cleaners, a good relationship with their authorities having jurisdiction is essential and taking some pro-active steps is good business. Four basic suggestions will put you on the course to success.

Read the rest of the article from the IKECA Journal here: Working with AHJs

Top Five Things Every Restaurant Owner Should Know

Lack of Knowledge about commercial kitchen exhaust systems can come back to haunt an owner if a fire occurs. Learn the answers to these questions:

  1. As an owner, what is my responsibility with regard to cleaning the kitchen exhaust system?
  2. How often should my kitchen exhaust system be cleaned?
  3. What is considered clean?
  4. Why do I need access doors, and why weren’t they originally installed in the system?
  5. What documentation do I need?

Read the rest of the article from the IKECA Journal here: Top Five Things

How To Guides

IKECA Guide to “Green” Cleaning

The KEC industry has always been about a “green” mission statement: Delivering products and services that are good for people, property and the environment.

Green Cleaning – Part 1
Green Cleaning – Part 2
Green Cleaning – Part 3

The IKECA Grease Gauge Comb

The IKECA Grease Gauge Comb: Made of light weight high impact plastic, the IKECA Grease Gauge is the perfect tool for determining system cleanliness. Using the comb will enable restaurateurs, exhaust system inspectors, or cleaning crews to clearly demonstrate the level of build up in a system.  The combs include markings for depths ranging from zero to .125 inches and notations of No Grease Build Up, Acceptable (grease build up), Cleaning Required, and Critical Depth to assist in determining the need for cleaning.

Download: Using the IKECA Grease Gauge Comb to Adjust Cleaning Frequency

IKECA Whitepapers

Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Kitchen Equipment

This paper provides an overview of the significant inspection and maintenance requirements of NFPA 96, including the requirements for fire-extinguishing systems, exhaust systems, and cooking equipment as well as the requirements for the documentation of exhaust system cleaning and maintenance.
Download: Inspection and Maintenance

Helping Restaurant Owners Mitigate Their Risk

The ignition of cooking materials account for almost half the structure fires in eating and drinking establishments and was responsible for the highest number of deaths, injuries, and amount of property damage. Kitchen exhaust cleaners can help restaurant owners mitigate their risk.

Download: Helping Restaurant Owners Mitigate Their Risk

Restaurant Owners and Facilities Managers Resources

Every Year, Nearly 11,000 Commercial Kitchens are Damaged by Fire

IKECA fire prevention resourcesAccording to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the majority of restaurant fires originates on the kitchen cooking appliances and flare into the kitchen exhaust system. Regular maintenance of a restaurant’s kitchen exhaust system is one of the primary defenses against hazards. By keeping these systems working at their best, they will evacuate the smoke and grease out of the building and produce a cleaner, cooler kitchen and better working environment for staff.

Not all Exhaust Cleaning Services are “Complete”

When contracting for cleaning services, it is important to ensure you get a complete cleaning of your entire system. Some contractors offer a “hood cleaning service which does not include the duct work or rooftop fan. While such services may keep the interior of the kitchen looking sharp, they do little to secure fire safety and reduce health threats. Only a complete cleaning of the system – from the hood in the kitchen to the fan on the roof – will reduce the risk of kitchen fires and ensure compliance with fire regulations.

Many companies are available today to clean kitchen exhausts. However, most companies do not clean to any standards, or just clean to the bare minimum. With 40% of all restaurant fires starting in the kitchen, it is more important than ever to make sure you hire a qualified professional that cleans to the highest standards.

The good news is that there is an easy way to make sure that you hire qualified companies to deal with your cleaning needs. The International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association is the largest organization dealing with Exhaust Cleaning and Industry Certification.

Since 1989, IKECA has been the industry leader in setting the highest standards for kitchen exhaust cleaners in the US, Canada, and internationally.

Hire Only the Best Trained and Certified IKECA Members

When hiring a professional consultant or contractor it is important to hire a company with qualified and certified staff that will be following industry standards and guidelines to ensure a job done right.

IKECA Members are required to meet insurance requirements, adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and to maintain staff certified to IKECA standards, which include NFPA 96, OSHA Safety Regulations and pertinent standards of the International Code Council.

Kitchen Exhaust Professionals Should be Able to Provide you with:

  • Company qualifications, including certifications
  • Start and completion dates for the project
  • Certificates of insurance and applicable licenses
  • References

Hire an IKECA Member:

IKECA Members are trained and insured, cleaning to NFPA 96 and ICC Standards, and have certified personnel. Find an IKECA Member near you!