On the morning of July 1, 2014, in the Feltonville neighborhood of Philadelphia, gas from a leaking propane tank on the La Parrillada Chapina food truck ignited, resulting in a huge explosion that killed two people and injured 10 others.
The incident, caught on video, gained national attention and shed light on a problem that is not as uncommon as we would all like to think.
The May/June issue of NFPA Journal explores the fire safety issues surrounding the food truck industry, which has dramatically increased in numbers and popularity in the last several years. The article. “All Up In Our Grill,” takes a close look at the patchwork of regulations, or lack there of, throughout the nation and shares insight from fire safety experts working to address food truck safety issues. Additionally, the International Fire Marshals Association convened a task force to put together a proposal for a new chapter of NFPA 96, Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, to address food truck fire safety. The new language was submitted to NFPA last December, and the NFPA 96 technical committee will review it this month for possible inclusion in the 2017 edition of the standard.
Food truck and fire safety will also be the topic of a educational session at the NFPA Conference and Expo in Chicago June 22-25. The session, “Mobile Food Truck Regulation: Developing a Recipe for Success,” will be held Wednesday, June 24, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
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