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Outdoor Grills and Heating Devices

Fire codes prohibit the use and storage of all types of grills and heating devices on the balcony of, or within 15 feet of, multifamily dwellings such as apartments and condominiums. This includes gas- and propane-fueled grills, charcoal grills, hibachi, electric grills, and deep fryers.

Wood-burning devices such as chimineas and fire pits also are prohibited at multifamily dwellings (Baltimore County Fire Prevention Code, Chapter 10).

Violations are enforced by County fire marshals. The use of grills and heating devices at multifamily dwellings poses a serious fire risk to residents of the entire building.

State and local fire codes place no restrictions on grills at one- and two-family homes, including town homes. 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.

Grill and Chiminea Safety

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

Revised July 8, 2019         


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