Outdoor Grilling for Fire Safety
With summer approaching fast, association unit owners are starting to break out their grills and enjoy cooking outdoors with family and friends. Although cooking on the grill tastes much better than using indoor appliances, it can be very dangerous if precautions aren’t taken to prevent injuries and property damage. Using an open-flame grill or other similar device on balconies is unsafe and increases the likelihood of a claim. In some cases, barbeques are prohibited on balconies and causes association unit owners’ grievance.
Unit owners can take a few simple precautions to help prevent a misfortune in the association. Using an electric grill is the most important recommendation. These grills still get just as hot as charcoal or gas grills however they are safer. If gas or charcoal grills are used, keep them at least 10 feet from the buildings or other hazards such as trees, decks and rails. Make sure to use long-handled grilling utensils to protect from burns and always keep a portable fire extinguisher near the grilling area.
Associations and unit owners should take preventative measures to prevent damage to the buildings. For more information please contact one of our condominium agents or account managers at 503-292-1580.