Generally, the use of grills on balconies is municipally regulated across North America. But as a first time homeowner or renter, you may not always know what is allowed and not allowed. It’s important to research all your local fire codes before making a grill purchase to avoid the disappointment of having to return your purchase or worse, getting a fine. Open flame restrictions have gotten much more stringent these days especially in drier climates where fire bans are common.
Some municipalities prohibit the use of charcoal briquettes and gas grills on balconies. Property managers and condominium corporations may also prohibit grilling outside. General safety requirements are to keep the grill three feet away from any combustibles and 10 feet from any combustible overhangs.
If you are unfamiliar with fire code restrictions for example, 41 states have adopted the International Fire Code (IFC) developed by the International Code Council (ICC) in 2004. This code specifically prohibits the use of liquefied petroleum gas burners and other open flame cooking devices on balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction except in one-unit and two-unit family dwellings or buildings where the balcony and deck are protected by fire sprinklers.
Not only are electric grills rated for use on multi-family balconies and patios, they are easy to use no matter what your skill level. Electric grills have easy touch controls that improve the quality of your food. You won’t have to worry about lighting the match or wondering how much propane is left. A Power Chef Electric Grill has a locking feature so little hands cannot mess with the settings and you won’t have to stress about children around or a flare-up catching something on fire because there is no open flame.
Electric grills are not only great options for smaller outdoor spaces that are highly regulated; but the choice for anyone concerned about convenience and safety when grilling outdoors.