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Tips to Make Your Food Truck Safer

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Your top priority when opening a food truck is likely to make customers come back for delicious food time and time again. However, one of the many things you need to do in order to make that dream come true is to ensure that your food truck is safe. At Hoodmart, we offer numerous products that can keep your employees and your customers safe and healthy.

Some communities are coming up with their own regulations

The food truck business is an interesting one when it comes to safety. In some communities, there have been regulations for decades. In others, there are not any regulations on the books that apply specifically to food trucks. Of course, the NFPA 96 codes are the standard that many owners ensure their exhaust fans, ventilation systems, and hoods all meet.

As an example, you’ll find that plenty of state and / or local codes require mobile food trucks that cook with any type of gas to have either a Type I or II commercial exhaust hood. Others are required to meet certain guidelines that affect how often they must schedule an inspection for grease buildup.

How to make your food truck safe

You don’t need to wait for regulations to require you to make your mobile kitchen safer. Instead, start by knowing the safety codes. Did you know that if you don’t following basic safety protocol and have an accident, you could be dealing with fire damage, lost revenue, and even a total loss of revenue that leads to permanent closure. This is certainly a field where it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Do you use petroleum gas?

If your food truck uses any type of liquefied petroleum gas then one of the first things you can do is to get familiar with the NFPA 58 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code. It will give you all the details you need about how to store and transport your gas cylinders, how to operate with these fuels, and the right maintenance procedures and schedules to follow.

Another good option is the NFPA 96 Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection. This gives you guidelines for all the ventilation equipment that’s recommended. That many include grease containment systems, exhaust hoods, and hood filters – depending on how your kitchen is set up. You’ll also see rules for fire extinguishing and much more. At Hoodmart, we hope every food truck owner takes the time to learn how to keep their truck safe!

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