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Food Truck Fire Safety Basics: 

    Fire Prevention

  • Install an automatic fire-suppression system in the truck. 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. It is recommended that you have your fire-suppression system professionally inspected semiannually. 

  • Keep portable fire extinguishers as a backup. Class K extinguishers are designed for kitchen fires involving grease, fats and oils that burn at high temperatures. Class K fire extinguishers are only intended to be used after the activation of a built-in hood suppression system. Keep Class ABC extinguishers elsewhere for all other fires (paper, wood, plastic, electrical, etc.).

  • Choosing not to have fire suppression could cost you a lot more than anticipated.Even if your local health inspector tells you that you are not required to have a fire suppression unit check with the fire marshal, they have a  higher jurisdiction than an inspector. If you choose not to have this unit installed and you travel out of your local area or into another state where it is required and mandatory, you may not be permitted to open and in turn will now be closed down before the event has even started. Therefore you not only lose the money you would have made for the weekend but you would also lose your entrance fee.