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Rochester issues reminder on food truck safety

Posted July 3rd, 2014 @ 6:16pm by Bud Lowell


The Rochester Fire Department is issuing an advisory to Rochester food truck and cart operators after this week's spectacular food truck explosion in Philadelphia.


The city is asking them to make sure they're following the safety codes for propane tanks. Captain Ted Kuppinger of the Rochester Fire Department says the city has one of the tightest safety codes, developed during the city's recent debates over food truck licensing.


The city requires vendors to have a propane leak detector on board and to attend a fire safety course before cooking with propane. It's not certain, but it's believed the Philadelphia explosion was caused by a sudden propane leak inside the truck.


Kuppinger says the city developed its safety codes after finding virtually every food truck is a custom built one-of-a-kind. Most carry 50 or 100 pound propane tanks. Unlike natural gas, propane is heavier than air. A leak will fill an enclosed space and flow along the ground until it hits an ignition source.



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