For other than one- and two-family dwellings, no hibachi, grill, or other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purpose is to be used or kindled on any balcony, under any overhanging portion, or within 10 ft (3 m) of any structure. This keeps the ignition source a safe distance from the structure, such as an apartment building or dormitory, and away from exterior areas. In addition, these grills/hibachi cannot be stored on balconies. Where grills are stored on balconies, the probability is high they will be used there as well.
The statement up ahead is one of the most precise statement out there concerning BBQ laws.
It was reported that in the United States, 70% of households own a BBQ or practice barbecuing.
Since so many people love to BBQ and own a BBQ, it is very hard to pinpoint exactly what is allowed and what is not.
Laws will vary depending on which State, City, County, Town and even what neighborhood you live in.
We recommend that you verify with the proper authorities in your area to see what is and what is not permitted.
Now, there are some guidelines and safety rules that apply mostly everywhere.
- Always make sure there aren’t any leaks in the gas line that carry the gas from the tanks to the BBQ. In a spray bottle, combine water and a few tablespoons of dish soap. Spray this all along the hose and the connections. If you see bubbles on the line it means there is a leak and a replacement is required.
- Make sure all sides of the barbecue are at least 24 inches (60 cm) away from doors and windows. This ensures that the barbecue is well vented and fumes are not entering the house.
- Charcoal BBQ’s are not called “open flame” but can still create sparks and therefore a fire.
- Install the barbecue on a solid, flat surface. If you are using a charcoal one, make sure the platform is not made of flammable material.
- Keep the barbecue far from wooden fences or privacy walls, trees with low branches and overhead roofs.
- Before closing the knobs, close the propane valve to let the remaining gas in the lines burn.
What not do:
- DO not ever bring a lit gas or charcoal barbecue into the house since it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Keep it clean to avoid the risk of a serious grease fire.
- Never leave a propane cylinder in a parked car with the windows up.
- When finished grilling, be sure that coals are fully extinguished before disposing of them.
- Never use gasoline! To light a charcoal grill, use only proper lighting fluid. Allow the fluid to settle for a few minutes before lighting
- Don’t drink and grill to avoid any accidents.
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