Barbecue Grilling Safety

There's nothing like outdoor grilling. It is one of the most popular ways to cook food, but can be very hot, causing burn injuries and can be a fire hazard.


Safety Tips

An important safety message about the use of barbeques on balconies, patios or decks in the City of Huntington Beach:

A recent change to the 2010 California Fire Code Sections 308.3.1 and 308.3.1.1 restricts the use of open flame cooking devices which includes BBQs. This restriction applies to apartments, condominiums, hotels or similar multi-family occupancies with three or more units.

The new code does not allow charcoal burners or other open-flame cooking devices to be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction unless the building, balcony or deck is protected by an automatic sprinkler system. Combustible materials can be defined as anything that will ignite if exposed to open flame such as wood, furniture, paper, etc.

The new code further restricts the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) type BBQ's to an LPG container not greater than 2.5 lbs water capacity if it is on a combustible balcony or within 10 feet of combustible construction.

For more information on Grilling Safety, please visit the National Fire Protection Association's website at:

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City of Huntington Beach
Fire Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5411
Fax: (714) 374-1551

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