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Old 12-10-2008, 07:45 AM
 
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Someone told me that in North Carolina it is against the law to have a barbecue grill on a patio in an apartment building in NC.

Please, tell me this is NOT true. And if it is, could someone send me a link where it is a law?

Thanks so much.
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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I don't know about a statewide law, but I have seen that sort of thing noted in multi-person dwelling lease or HOA agreements. They usually say outdoor grills will not be operated within a prescribed distance of the apartment/townhouse/condominium building. Check the lease before signing.

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Old 12-10-2008, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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City of Raleigh | Fire Safety for Apartments (http://www.raleighnc.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_306_202_0_43/http%3B/pt03/DIG_Web_Content/category/Resident/Fire/Prevention/Cat-2CA-2008714-092142-Fire_Safety_for_Apartmen.html - broken link)
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Grilling Ordinance (http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Fire/Fire+Prevention+Bureau/Grilling+Ordinance.htm - broken link)
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:21 AM
 
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Wow. They were right. No bbq'ing on the balcony. there's no way the place we will move into will extend the balcony so we could bbq. My husband will be heartbroken.
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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It's a safety issue. Many apartments have outdoor grilling areas.
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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While it might be a law, I'd say it is very loosely enforced. When I used to live in an apartment, I often grilled on the patio area. Do note though that if your grilling leaves the place up in smoke, you will most certainly be held liable for the damages.
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:04 AM
 
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The only problem with having to get to an apartment located grill is the fact that my husband is disabled so actually walking to it would be a problem depending on how far away from our actual apartment it is.

(We won't know until we move there next year. We know which apt. community, just not the specific apt.)
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:09 PM
 
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It's a safety issue. Many apartments have outdoor grilling areas.
People are idiots, and these regulations are necessary because people can't/won't exercise any common sense.

Local apartment burned because a gas grill was left within inches of the plastic siding and left unattended, when the guy went back into the apt.
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:21 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Grill Blamed for Raleigh Apartment Fire :: WRAL.com
North Stone Apartment Fire Leaves Several Homeless
16 displaced in apartment fire : News-Record.com : Greensboro, North Carolina

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Summer fun often includes cooking and eating outdoors with family and friends. Citizens who want to share in this favorite pastime must take special precautions. Using portable grills in some instances is unsafe and against the law.
Section 504.8 of the North Carolina State Fire Prevention code prohibits outdoor grilling within 10 feet vertically and horizontally of combustible materials or portions of all occupancies except one and two family dwellings and townhouses.
The code applies to charcoal grills, propane gas grills, natural gas grills, hibachis, smokers, or any appliance which uses an open flame to cook. These regulations apply only when grills are in use. The storage of grills when they are not in use, or when they're cool and not subject to creating a fire hazard, is not regulated by this requirement. In addition, we'd like to offer the following clarifications:

These regulations also apply to portable electric grills if the grill contains loose heat storage material such as lava rock.
The storage of grills with propane tanks having water capacity greater than 2-1/2 pounds is permitted only on decks, porches and patios at ground level or those which have exterior stairs for access. This is a National Fire Protection Association standard requirement.
The 10 feet of clearance also applies to combustible materials such as pine straw, pine bark, and other combustible landscaping materials.
The regulations do not apply to fixed grills, but strict attention should be paid to the grill instructions to insure that required clearances are maintained.


- Never use charcoal lighter fluid on a burning fire.
- Leave the grill hood open until ignition occurs when lighting gas grills.
- Don't grill near combustible materials such as pine needles or leaves.
- Keep a fire extinguisher or charged garden hose accessible.
- Always shut off valves to propane tanks when not in use.
- Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
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