• Please to View Article

    Common Restaurant Code Violations: 3 Ways to Resolve Them

    By Mark Conroy

    When a restaurant fire is extinguished, everyone is relieved. If it is not extinguished, it is devastating and the blame game begins. The losers normally pay dearly, and it isn’t always the insurance companies. Here are a few tips to help your customers stay in compliance with the codes.


    Cooking appliances have approved locations relative to the locations of nozzles for the wet chemical fire protection system. Since many appliances have wheels, it is easy for them to be moved and not returned to their approved locations, either by the kitchen staff or the hood and duct cleaning crew. NFPA 96, Chapter 12, addresses cooking appliance locations and states that, “An approved method shall be provided that will ensure that the appliance is returned to an approved design location” (

    The best way for your customer to be in compliance with this requirement is with Brooks Safety-Set Brackets. They come with installation hardware and are easy to install. With the installation of these brackets, any mobile cooking appliance can be maintained in a specific “approved design location”.


    NFPA 96 requires exhaust air to pass through hood grease filters. The intent is to catch grease and direct it to a safe location. The requirement states that, “Grease filters shall be arranged so that all exhaust air passes through the grease filters” ( For this to work, gap fillers are often needed.

    Stainless steel filter spacers are used to fill gaps at the sides of the grease filters, ensuring that all exhaust air passes through the filters. When grease filters are removed for cleaning, the spacers are sometimes also removed and misplaced. Where gaps are present, causing a violation, the solution is to install Brooks Filter Spacers. These 20-gauge stainless steel spacers come with a brushed finish and in sizes that match standard grease filters. The next time you notice a gap beside the grease filters, help your customer to be compliant.


    Many deep fat fryer installations are in violation of the NFPA rules on spacing and baffle panels. NFPA 96, Chapter 12, requires that a 16-inch space be provided between the fryer and the surface flames of adjacent cooking appliances. Paragraph of NFPA 96 allows steel baffle panels to be installed if the spacing can’t be achieved. During installation of appliances, these requirements are often overlooked. Many restaurants may have been in violation from the day they opened, which could have been many years ago. The solution for your customer is Brooks Fryer Panels. They fit most fryers and have rounded corners and de-burred edges for safety.

    Don’t let your customers continue to be in violation of the codes. Providing additional checks and installing appliance wheel brackets, grease filter spacers, and fryer baffle panels provides added value to your 6-month service calls. Where a problem is identified, a fix should be made. Stock your service vans with these components and save your customer an extra service call. I’m sure they will appreciate the savings and being code compliant.

    Parts Solutions from Brooks

    10" FGF210 FGF310 FGF410
    12" FGF212 FGF312 FGF412
    16" FGF216 FGF316 FGF416
    20" FGF220 FGF320 FGF420
    25" FGF225 FGF325 FGF425
    FP1230 12" x 30"
    FP1830 18" x 30"

    Click Here to view a PDF version