Safety Tips for Grilling for Community Associations

Protect your community association from potential fire hazards

August 21, 2015

One of the fiduciary responsibilities entrusted to an association’s board of directors is to keep the association as safe as possible. Preparing and using an outdoor grill for cooking is not a complicated process but the most important aspect to be mindful of at all times is safety. Outdoor grills are safe and reliable when they are used according to the manufacturers' instructions; however, they may pose a danger when care is not taken during their use or they are used for a purpose for which they were not intended.

The following safety tips are to be followed when using an outdoor grill:

  • When in use, always keep outdoor grills away from the walls of buildings and from under low hanging tree branches. Use of grill under decks are not permitted.
  • Outdoor grills must never be used inside a garage or close to its entrance or its overhang.
  • Grills should be positioned in an area that is level, such as a patio, deck or designated lawn space, but should never be used in similar areas that may be covered with a roof or close to the roof overhang or adjacent wall.
  • If a gas grill is to be used on a wooden deck, a large piece of metal or a fireproof patio/deck protector should be placed under the unit. 
  • Charcoal grills, rings, kettles or any other device designed for wood burning are prohibited on any deck or within 15 feet of any building. Proper disposal of the ashes is essential in a designated metal container.
  • When using gas grills equipped with automatic ignition, the burners should not be lit when the hood is closed. The buildup of gas that can occur within the confines of the closed hood prior to igniting the burners may cause an explosion once the burners are lit.
  • Outdoor grills should not be used during periods of high wind.
  • An outdoor grill should never be left unattended, and children and pets should be kept away from the grilling area.
  • A fire extinguisher should be readily available when using a grill.

Read additional information on grilling and fire pit rules and regulations.