Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue would like to remind residents of the dangers associated with the use of gas or charcoal cooking appliances. Charcoal cooker, brazier, grill or any gasoline or liquefied petroleum gas-fired stove or similar device have the potential to produce fast spreading fires that will threaten life and property if used improperly. Please review the regulations and safety recommendations when using grills and smokers.
· No charcoal cooker, brazier, grill or any gasoline or liquefied petroleum gas-fired stove or similar device should be ignited or used on the balconies or spaces under balconies of multi-family dwellings, nor in a similar manner in any occupancy.
· Electric grills are permitted; however, as with any cooking device caution should be used.
· Charcoal cookers, braziers, grills, or any gasoline or liquefied petroleum gas-fired stove or similar device should be used safely--not less than 15 feet from any structure. Electric grills are exempt from this distance requirement.
· The management of multi-family dwellings having balconies shall notify their tenants in writing of this requirement at the time the tenant initially occupies the area, and from time to time thereafter as may be necessary to reasonably insure compliance.
Violators of this offence will be charged and required to appear in court. This is a Class 1 misdemeanor in which a person could receive jail time of up to 1 year and a fine of up to $2,500.00.
Grill Safety Tips
· Periodically check and remove grease/fat buildup in trays below the grill. The grease/fat can ignite from the grill’s heat.
· Maintain a three (3) foot safety zone around grill or smoker when in use and during cool down.
· Only use metal containers to dispose of charcoal hot ashes.
· Use grills or smokers (on the ground) within 15 feet of a single-family and townhouse residence.
· Cooking appliances should always be supervised when in use.
For additional information on grill safety or grilling requirements for apartments & condominiums, visit our web site www.pwcgov.org/fire, click on Fire Marshal’s Office and click on Fire Safety.