Can I have a grill on my deck or patio?

In private single-family homes there are no restrictions regarding use of grills on decks or patios. If, however, you live in a multi-unit building (i.e.: townhome or apartment), please check with your homeowners association or building management on rules about having a grill on your deck or patio.

Barbecuing in any environment presents certain hazards so please follow these tips to reduce the likelihood of starting a fire: .

  • Store charcoal briquettes in a dry area because damp or wet charcoal is sensitive to spontaneous heating once dried.
  • Charcoal briquettes should be allowed to cool naturally a safe distance from structures and combustible materials and then disposed of properly.
  • Charcoal lighter fluid should be properly stored, away from living areas of the home.
  • The use and storage of barbecue grills should be restricted to the outdoors. Never use barbecue grills for home heating or indoor cooking.
  • Propane cylinders shall be stored outside at least 10 feet from building openings such as windows and doors.

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1. Can I tour the fire station?
2. What are the rules for backyard fires?
3. How do I pay my ambulance bill?
4. Can I have a grill on my deck or patio?
5. What should I know about the fire hydrant in my yard?
6. Does the fire department check blood pressure?
7. Does the fire department check child safety seats?
8. Does the fire department refill or dispose of fire extinguishers?
9. How do I get a burning permit?
10. What does the city charge for false alarms?