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Fire Safety Systems For Your Food Truck

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If you own or operate a food truck in Michigan, there are important safety requirements established by the National Fire Protection Association you should know and follow. Michigan also has strict safety codes for food trucks, including city-specific fire safety regulations. 

For over 40 years, Fire Systems of Michigan has provided unparalleled fire protection services to various industries throughout the southeastern portion of the state, including food truck operators.

Fire Safety Systems Every Food Truck Needs

In Michigan, every commercial kitchen, including food trucks, must have a fire suppression system installed for safety purposes.

As they share many of the same fire hazards as their larger counterparts, food truck fire suppression systems are generally the same as those installed in traditional brick-and-mortar restaurants. The only difference is they’re designed to fit within the truck’s smaller area.

While each local government has varying rules regarding food trucks, all mobile kitchens must have these three essential fire safety systems:

Fire Suppression System

Nearly 60% of food service business fires are related to cooking equipment. A kitchen fire suppression system automatically or manually dispenses chemicals that quickly suppress flames and shuts down the fuel or electric supply to cooking equipment.

Fire Systems of Michigan designs and installs the highest-quality commercial kitchen fire suppression systems from the industry’s top brands.

Ventilation System

A ventilation system keeps a food truck free of smoke, excess steam, and dust. It also prevents oil and grease droplet accumulation, which can result in greasy kitchen surfaces and other fire hazards.

You should regularly check for grease buildup in your truck’s exhaust system. For more information on fire safety, check out this NFPA podcast.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can help you control small fires before the suppression system is triggered, saving you time and cleanup costs.

Fire Systems of Michigan recommends maintaining Class K fire extinguishers within arm’s reach to quickly extinguish kitchen fires involving fats, grease, and oils that burn at high temperatures. 

However, keep in mind that Class K fire extinguishers are to be used only after a built-in hood suppression system is activated. Class ABC extinguishers should also be kept in and around the truck to put out paper, wood, plastic, and electrical fires.

The Importance of Continual Training

Food trucks might be small, but they have many elements that can lead to fire hazards. Cooking equipment, flammable materials, compressed gas, and electrical systems are all possible sources of an out-of-control fire.

Ongoing team member training can be crucial in preventing accidents and ensuring a safe work environment. Staff should be well-versed in the latest fire safety regulations and best practices, and regular fire drills help reinforce essential practices. 

Request a Quote for Installation From Fire Systems of Michigan

Food truck fire suppression systems are crucial fire protection tools that keep you, your employees, customers, and your truck safe. The fire suppression services provided by Fire Systems of Michigan ensure you have the right equipment, stay in compliance, and adequately protect your valuable investment.

For over four decades, we’ve helped our customers throughout Southeast Michigan protect their assets from a fire’s devastating effects.

Call 313-255-0053 today to learn more about food truck fire safety or request a quote for your food truck kitchen fire suppression system installation.

Category: Fire Suppression Systems