Preventing Propane Fires: Food Truck Liabilities

In this series of posts, we have covered some of the common risk exposures that food truck businesses face. This innovative and creative meals on wheels idea has exploded in popularity over the last few years, and safety regulations are struggling to keep up. In this blog, we’re going to explore how to prevent these blazes from starting on the vehicle and ensure safe operation. Next, ensure your clients are secured with the best Food Truck Insurance policy to mitigate risk and responsibility.

Preventing fires.

  • Fire suppression system – Because 57% of food service business fires involve cooking equipment, most municipalities require this equipment to be installed. These systems automatically dispense chemicals to suppress the flames and also have a manual switch. Activating the system automatically shuts down the fuel or electric supply to nearby cooking equipment. Have your fire-suppression system professionally inspected semiannually, explains Mobile Cuisine.
  • Keep fire extinguishers within easy reach – These tried and true extinguishers are a must for food truck owners and operators. Class K extinguishers are designed to put out fires that are caused by grease and fats, which burn at a higher temperature. Be sure to have the appropriate type of extinguishers handy depending on the specific fire risk (including wood, metal, plastic, and more.)
  • Clean out exhaust system – Fire extinguishers are meant to be used after the exhaust system is activated. In order for this to be effective, the exhaust hood should be regularly cleaned and inspected. The NFPA Fire Code requires that frequently used systems be examined at least quarterly and semiannually for those that are used less frequently.

Additional safety measures.

In addition, simple safety measures go a long way in food truck operation safety. Implement safe practices to ensure propane is turned on and off and that it is changed out properly. Next, never store any flammable items next to the propane tank, and ensure the food truck has plenty of ventilation.

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