The rules about grilling depend on what type of grill you’re using.  The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and City of Madison Fire Department recommend the following grill safety tips:

LP Gas Grills

  • If Less than 2½ pounds:

    • Cannot be used within 10 feet of combustible construction.
    • May be used within 10 feet of a 1- to 2- family home, but maintaining a 10-foot distance is highly recommended.
    • May be used on a balcony protected by automatic sprinklers.
    • Okay to store on any balcony
       
  • If more than 2½ pounds:
    • Cannot be used within 10 feet of combustible construction.
    • May be used within 10 feet of a 1- to 2- family home, but maintaining a 10-foot distance is highly recommended.
    • May be used on a balcony protected by automatic sprinklers AND exterior stairs (balcony must have exterior stairs).
    • Cannot be stored on decks or balconies above the first floor, except for 1- to 2- family homes or on a balcony that has exterior stairs.
    • Must be at least five feet away from building openings such as doors and windows (cannot be stored on small balconies).
    • Cannot be stored in or transported through buildings.

Natural Gas Grills

  • Cannot be used within 10 feet of combustible construction.
  • May be used within 10 feet of a 1- to 2- family home, but maintaining a 10-foot distance is highly recommended.
  • May be used on a balcony protected by automatic sprinklers.
  • May be stored on any balcony

 

Charcoal, Pellet, or other open-flame grills

  • Cannot be used within 10 feet of combustible construction.
  • May be used within 10 feet of a 1- to 2- family home, but maintaining a 10-foot distance is highly recommended.
  • May be used on a balcony protected by automatic sprinklers.
  • May be stored on any balcony
     

Electric

May be used anywhere and stored on any balcony.

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