The Boston Fire Department along with Inspectional services and the Health Department has established a criteria of conditions for Exhaust Vent Cleaners and Inspectors who wish to perform work in the CITY OF BOSTON. These conditions are in keeping with the guidelines of the CITY OF BOSTON ordinance to “establish requirements for the cleaning of commercial cooking hoods and ventilation systems”.
Exhaust Vent Cleaners and Inspectors are required to pass an examination based on the most current NFPA 96 standard recognized by the Commonwealth of Mass.
This examination will be administered by a recognized organization, the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA) that has proven to be of high standards, integrity and competence with regard to NFPA 96 regulations. The Boston Fire Department will list other recognized agencies that may administer the examination after careful review of their qualifications.
Individuals who have successfully passed the examination will also be required to submit documentation of five hundred (500) work hours experience in the cleaning and inspecting of exhaust vents. To waive this requirement the individual must have attended a recognized and approved training school.
Individuals who apply for an annual registration will be issued guidelines for reporting deficiencies found, posting of inspection stickers and other administrative requirements.
Advisory to all Exhaust Vent Cleaners and Inspectors
Be advised that all commercial hood and ventilation cleaning companies/contractors performing work in the city of Boston are required by law to issue deficiency reports to the establishment owner when they do not comply with NFPA 96 mandated repairs and also if there is no onsite exhaust system diagram. All deficiency reports must be given to the establishment and a copy forwarded to the Boston Fire Department - Fire Prevention Division by following the instructions listed on our website.
Commercial hood and ventilation cleaning companies/contractors must also report to the Boston Fire Department – Fire Prevention Division when an establishment in Boston does not renew their contract or if your company did not clean the hoods and ventilation systems by the scheduled date required in NFPA 96.
The Boston Fire Department’s Sample Cleaning and Inspection of Commercial Hood and Ventilation System & Deficiency Report has been updated, please revise your deficiency report to the form dated August 2010. All related information and required forms can be found below.
Summertime & BBQ Safety Tips from Boston Fire
Think "safety first" when planning your summer activities and barbecues. Boston Fire has some helpful summer safety tips available and reminds residents of important summertime regulations in the City.
A new Comprehensive Model Fire Code (527 CMR 1.00) has been adopted by the Division of Fire Services and the State Fire Marshal's Office effective January 1, 2015 replacing the current 527 CMR.
The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with Massachusetts amendments. The new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation. This new code will replace the current 527 CMR. More information can be obtained by visiting the Department of Fire Services website.
New Ordinance Enacted in Boston
Regulating the use and sale of outdoor cooking appliances, outdoor patio and space heaters, outdoor decorative appliances, and outdoor fireplaces. On July 30, 2014 the Boston City Council amended the Boston Fire Prevention Code by passing Article XXXIII of the Boston Fire Prevention Code.
Candle Usage Guidelines, Definitions and Application for Candle Usage in a Place of Assembly
Read the new Candle Guidelines that are in effect October 1, 2012. The Boston Fire Department requires that the use of candles in a Place of Assembly be permitted as defined in the attached document.
Effective April 1, 2014 Boston has a Revised Upholstered Furniture, Molding Seating and Re-upholstered Furniture Policy
Effective April 1, 2014 the Boston Fire Department shall modify its upholstered seating regulations to more closely align with the current state regulations: 527 CMR 1.00 c 12, "Upholstered Furniture, Molded Seating and Re-upholstered Furniture. This change will effectively reduce the number of regulated use groups in the City of Boston.
Although this modified policy closely follows the requirements of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Regulations, there are still some notable exceptions that shall be strictly enforced. This policy is subject to modification at the discretion of the Boston Fire Marshal.
Important gas safety information for residents of Hyde Park from Eversource
Eversource delivers natural gas safely and reliably to customers in the neighborhood of Hyde Park. We ask those residents especially to take a moment to review the following important gas safety information regarding pipeline operations and safety: