As the temperature creeps up, many of us will pull out our grills and start to cook outdoors again. Here is what the Green Bay City Ordinance states about grilling. “Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.” This ordinance only applies to apartment buildings with three or more units (including a house that is divided into three or more units).
Here are the important points from the ordinance and other grilling safety tips.
- All grills (charcoal and propane) must be placed a minimum of 10ft. from any building. The further the better.
- No grills of any kind are permitted above ground level such as a balcony or deck. If you live on the second or third story of an apartment you must take your grill to ground level.
- Be mindful of where the smoke from your grill is going. You might have to adjust the location of a grill to please your neighbors depending on the wind conditions.
- Clean your grill. Grease and other gunk can catch fire inside your grill if you let it build up.
- Always keep a close eye on your grill when you are cooking. Just because its outside doesn’t mean it’s safe.
- No grilling indoors or in your garage. (Believe it or not, I have seen people use smaller propane or even charcoal grills in a house!)
Many garage fires have started by a grill that was hastily put in a garage while it was still hot. Charcoal grills can stay hot enough to start a fire for hours after you are done cooking on them. Let’s all do our part to keep this grilling season a safe one!