What You Need to Know:
Food trucks have been gaining popularity in recent years, and to date, there are no NFPA codes, standards, or guidelines to provide the minimum fire safety requirements. After the Philadelphia food truck explosion in 2013, the International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA) developed a task group to address this issue and submitted public input (PDF, 178 KB) to NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, and NFPA 1, Fire Code. Please note that the content of the public input for NFPA 1 and NFPA 96 is the same.
What is Currently Being Done to Address the Fire Hazards on Food Trucks?
Just like any jurisdiction, each one has its own set of requirements. For example, on one end of the spectrum, the City of Chicago requires all mobile food dispenser and mobile food preparer business license applicants with gasoline, diesel, propane or natural gas system installed in their mobile food vehicle to take a mobile food truck fire safety course; on the other side of that spectrum, in Indiana, state law bans fire departments from even inspecting food trucks, because they are considered vehicles.
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