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Provisions for Food Service Operations

  • All devices in connection with the preparation of food shall be installed and operated to avoid hazard to the safety of occupants.
  • All devices in connection with the preparation of food shall be of an approved type and shall be installed in an approved manner.
  • Food preparation facilities shall be protected in accordance with NFPA 96 requiring exhaust hoods and automatic fire suppression system and shall not be required to have openings protected between food preparation areas and dining areas.
  • Portable cooking equipment that is not flue-connected shall be permitted only as follows:
    • Equipment fueled by small heat sources that can be readily extinguished by water, such as candles or alcohol-burning equipment, including solid alcohol, shall be permitted to be used, provided that precautions satisfactory to the authority having jurisdiction are taken to prevent ignition of any combustible materials.
    • Candles shall be permitted to be used on tables used for food service where securely supported on substantial noncombustible bases located to avoid danger of ignition of combustible materials and only where approved by the authority having jurisdiction.
    • Candle flames shall be protected.
    • "Flaming sword" or other equipment involving open flames and flamed dishes, such as cherries jubilee or crépe suzette, shall be permitted to be used, provided that precautions subject to the approval of the authority having jurisdiction are taken.
    • Listed and approved LP-Gas commercial food service appliances shall be permitted to be used where in accordance with NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code.