In the interest of making health care occupancies more homelike, a proposal submitted for the 2015 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, would allow portable cooking devices in certain areas of nursing homes. This proposal is an extension of similar provisions included in the 2012 edition that guide cooking operations.
In the latest issue of NFPA Journal, columnist Chip Carson outlines some of these provisions and relations to NFPA 96, Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment.
"The Life Safety Code allows limited cooking in certain occupancies," says Carson. "The new proposed changes include allowing devices such as microwave ovens, hot plates, and electric skillets for reheating and limited cooking."
Read Carson's column for more details.