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Outdoor Grills and Heating Devices

State and local fire codes place no restrictions on grills at one- and two-family homes, including townhomes. However, fire officials strongly recommend that grills be kept at least 15 feet away from the home.

Chimineas and fire pits also are allowed at one- and two-family homes, and the same 15-foot clearance recommendation applies.

Fire codes prohibit the use of electric, charcoal or gas grills and heating devices—including hibachi and deep fryers—on the balcony of or within 15 feet of multifamily dwellings such as apartments and condominiums. Wood-burning devices such as chimineas and fire pits also are prohibited at multi-family dwellings (Baltimore County Fire Prevention Code, Chapter 10).

Grill and Chiminea Safety

Important information about the safe use of barbecue grills and chimineas is available online.

Revised January 31, 2018         


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