Summer is upon us and that means backyard barbecues. Unfortunately for many apartment and condominium dwellers, grilling on the balcony simply poses too great a risk not only to you, your family, and your home, but also to your neighbors and their homes. The risk posed by grilling on balconies of other than one- and two-family dwellings is deemed by NFPA 1: Fire Code to be unacceptable - grilling on balconies using anything other than listed, permanently installed equipment is prohibited, regardless of the heat source. Many apartment complexes and condos now provide common area barbecues to allow residents to grill safely and enjoy a sense of community. Developers of new residential projects and owners of existing complexes should be encouraged to provide this amenity to mitigate the hazard posed by occupants illicitly grilling on their balconies.
NFPA provides some great information on grilling safety - click here for details. Wishing you all a very happy, fire-safe summer!