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:

Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.

Contact Information

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

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