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Environmental Health & Safety

Barbecue Grill Guidelines

The use of gas or charcoal grills may be permitted provided the following guidelines are adhered to:

  • Units may have a maximum grill area of ten (10) square feet.
  • Recreational/portable charcoal grills may never be used indoors.
  • Grills must be kept at least 15 feet from any structure or any combustible materials.
  • Grills are never to be used on a building patio, porch or roof, particularly if there is combustible structure above.
  • A minimum of two-2 ½ gallon pressurized water extinguishers, a sixteen (16) quart pail of water or a charged water hose must be present during grill use.
  • An attendant trained in the use of a fire extinguisher must be provided.
  • When using a charcoal grill, flammable charcoal lighter fluid will be used prior to lighting.  Never add lighter fluid after the coals are lit.  If more charcoal is needed, add pre-soaked coals.
  • Used charcoal should be left in the grill until cold to the touch or thoroughly soaked in water before disposal.  Do not place coals in dumpster until they are all cold.
  • Never leave a cooking or lit grill unattended.
  • When using a barbecue grill, do not wear loose fitting clothing that could catch on fire.
  • All gas lines, valves and connections shall be listed for their use.
  • All gas lines, valves and connections on gas grills will be periodically inspected to detect leakage.  If a leak is detected, the grill will not be used until the gas leak is repaired.
  • Any spare propane tanks must be kept and secured 10' away from the building.

Contact EH&S at (585) 275-3241 or e-mail EH&S Questions.

This page last updated 6/28/2011. Disclaimer.