Grilling Safety

While considered a right-of-passage from season to season, there are some safety precautions that should be taken before firing up that grill for the first time.

  • If you use a gas grill, check the Venturi tubes for blockage by insects, spiders or food drippings at least once a year. Venturi tubes are the metal tubes that extend from the grill's burner to its control valves. The opening at the end of the tube allows air to mix with the gas as it leaves the valve. Push any blockages through the tube to the main part of the burner with a wire brush.
  • Check hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks and replace them if necessary.
  • Make sure any hoses are far away from hot surfaces or areas that could be exposed to heat or grease droppings.
  • Check for leaks whenever you connect your grill to its tank. If you find a leak, DO NOT attempt to light the grill until it has been repaired. If you are already using the grill, shut it off right away.

Grilling and Apartments

  • The Fire Department reminds residents that live in apartments of the City's Ordinance regarding the use of cooking grills. Grilling is not permitted on the decks or within 15 feet of multi-housing buildings that have a common hallway or share a means of egress. The types of grills prohibited are any that produce an open flame -- this includes charcoal and propane. Electric grills are not prohibited by state law. Decks and patios are just too close to buildings, and are usually littered with items that can easily catch fire. Many apartments provide an outdoor common area that is ideal, and much safer for grilling. Violations of this ordinance is a misdemeanor and a citation may be issued.
    • Exception: Listed electric or gas fired barbecue grill that are permanently mounted and wired or plumbed to the building's gas supply or electrical system and that maintain a minimum clearance of 18 inches on all sides, unless listed for lesser clearances, may be installed on balconies and patios when approved by the Fire Chief.

Responsibility falls on everyone involved to reduce this hazard especially when many lives are subject to danger. For more information, contact the Burnsville Fire Department at 952-895-4570