One of the joys of summer in the city neighborhoods is enjoying dinner and drinks on our condo decks, balconies, or patios. This time of year I like to share the City of Bostons fire safety rules for these outdoor spaces. These rules exist for the sake of everyones safety. In addition, knowing and following them helps safeguard your legal and financial liability. So lets all stay safe and stay legal!
Boston has fire safety rules to be aware of if youre planning to cook in your outdoor space.
What follow below is a simplified list of the rules.
Plumbed gas grills: These are permitted on the exterior of any building level. The gas line must be installed by a licensed plumber who has procured the required permits.
Electric grills are permitted on the exterior of any building level. As with the gas grills, the line you are using has to be installed by a licensed electrician, and has to have a permit and be up to code.
Charcoal grills are NOT permitted at all on or within a building structure, or on roof or rear decks. Regulations do not specify whether they are permissible on an outside patio, but the regulations highly discourage them, and you may be legally and financially liable for any damage or injury you cause from flying sparks, fumes, etc.. *Read the regulations in full for charcoal grill safety recommendations.
Liquid propane (LP) grills: Permitted by the City of Boston except:
are not permitted inside the building.
are not permitted on balconies above the first floor of any building or structure used for habitation.
are not permitted on balconies or decks on any level that are covered or enclosed. This includes a first floor deck with a deck above it.
I highly recommend that homeowners read the regulations in full.
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