We are providing the following information in reference to LP gas grills and charcoal grills stored and or operated for cooking purposes within apartments, garages or on balconies.
Below are the fire codes that can be informational when trying to determine whether a violation has occurred.
- No grills (Charcoal or LP-Gas) shall be operated inside or within 10 ft from a building.
- No LP gas cylinders larger than allowed shall be stored inside
NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code, 2003 Edition, Chapter 188.8.131.52 “Storage within residential buildings. Storage of a cylinder within a residential building, including the basement or any storage area in a common basement storage area in multiple-family buildings and attached garages, shall be limited to cylinders each with a maximum water capacity of 2.7 lb (1.2kg) and shall not exceed 5.4 lb (2.4kg) aggregate water capacity for smaller cylinders per each living space unit. Each cylinder shall meet DOT specifications. [NFPA 58:5.3.4]
NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code, 2003 Edition, Chapter 10.11.7 “For other than one- and two-family dwellings. No hibachi, gas fired grill, charcoal grill, or other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purpose, shall be used or kindled on any balcony or under any overhanging portion or within 10 ft (3m) of any structure. Listed electric ranges, grills, or similar electrical apparatus shall be permitted.”
This information is provided to ensure the safety of owners or tenants. All owners or tenants shall remove improperly stored grills within 7 days of notice. The improper operation of grills shall cease immediately. Violations will necessitate the issuance of a Florida Uniform Code Citation, subjecting the individual user of the grill to a fine of $125-$500. Any subsequent violations will incur a fine of $250-$500.
Each tenant is asked to participate in the remediation of this problem and prevent any violations from occurring. If there are any questions, please contact us at (239) 390-8000.