What is the legality for food truck fuel tanks and ways to fuel them? Looking for someone to help further on a potential hazardous situation.
do you have a link to the dc rules??
Or more info on the question
I have the rules, but I'm trying to figure out if an incident that happened on my campus (GWU) was caused by an illegal refueling process or if there is a gray area of legislation with regards to food truck fuel.http://wjla.com/news/local/food-truck-generator-was-being-illegally-refueled-when-fire-exploded-3-remain-in-hospital This is an article about what happened. I can't tell if there is legislation regarding type of truck, location of fuel tank on the truck and when/who refuels the truck.
I cannot see there being any gray area here. In all of my dealings with generators and other liquid fuel engines the manufacture specifically warns against fueling while the engine is hot.,even small engines such as lawn mowers.
You can contact the fire department that handled the fire at GWU and possibly get their fire report.
If done, should have a narrative as to why the fire started.
If this happened on campus, the campus fire marshal or safety department should have a report.
Are you able to publish DC rules or a link to them??
Yes, it is not a good idea to fuel hot equipment. They should be fully fueled prior to starting them, and hope they will run the duration. If fueled, should not be done indoors, should not be done around any ignition source.
You do not need rules to be safe.
Be sure that the requirements for filling propane cylinders are followed. You don't want what happened in Philadelphia (100# cylinder rupturing and released cloud igniting) to happen in DC. If there are doubts, ask a fire marshal for help.
Following some of the rules can help you be safe.
I can't help with legislation in Washington, but there are rules that apply to the fuel container, piping, and appliances on food trucks. See NFPA 58, the LP-Gas Code. Section 6.26 of the 2017 edition has rules for LP-Gas systems on vehicles (other than engine fuel systems). We use this section and a few other sections for the inspections we perform on mobile food units.
You may also want to contact US DOT about their rules concerning propane on vehicles. Mitchell Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the lead investigator on the incident in Philadelphia, where a 100# cylinder exploded.
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