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Take Note - Restrictions on Grilling

Posted on Jul 6, 2017

Grilling on Balconies is Prohibited in Multi-family Units

Find the letter from the Fire Marshall here.

Every year, residential complexes suffer severe damage from fires that begin when an open-flame cooking device is operated on a balcony. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 8,200 grill fires each year result in nearly $75 million in damage.

Because of this danger, the Ohio Fire Code prohibits the operation of a charcoal burner, or any other open-flame cooking device, on combustible decks and balconies of multi-family structures with more than two units.

In addition, these devices shall not be used anywhere within ten feet of combustible construction, which could include a nearby wall, overhang, patio fence, railing, or the deck above your own deck or patio.

Any device with a propane fuel container larger than one-pound is prohibited from being used or stored on combustible decks and balconies. These devices shall not be used or stored anywhere within 10 feet of combustible construction, which could include a nearby wall, overhang, patio fence, railing, or the deck above your own deck or patio.

"It's worth noting that the typical gas grill utilizes a liquid propane container with a nominal capacity of 20 pounds of gas," says Washington Township Fire Marshall Mike Long, adding that liquid propane (LP) gas containers are prohibited from being stored inside any portion of a residential structure.

The owner of the structure and/or complex is responsible for insuring that the requirements of the Ohio Fire Code are followed.

This information is based on Section 308 of the Ohio Fire Code which has been adopted by the Department of Commerce, State Fire Marshal Division. The rules do not apply to one- and two-family dwellings.

If you have further questions about using cooking devices on multi-family dwelling balconies, please call the Washington Township Fire Department at 937-433-3083.

 

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