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On September 1, 2012, Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services adopted the NFPA 1 2012 edition of the Fire Prevention Code in reference to the location and use of Charcoal and Gas Grills.

For structures other than one- and two-family dwellings:  in accordance with NFPA 1 2012 code number 10.11.6.1, no hibachi, grill, or other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purpose shall be used or kindled on any balcony, under any overhanging portion or within 10 feet of any structure. 

In accordance with NFPA 1 2012 code number 10.11.6.2 no hibachi, grill, or other similar devices used for cooking shall be stored on a balcony.

In accordance with NFPA 1 2012 code number 69.3.10.9.1-.2, L.P. gas tanks on grills or other heating appliances are not allowed on decks, balconies, or rescue platforms and must follow the listed distances from buildings and air intake devices into any building.  This is due to the possibility of an L.P. gas cylinder leak and the chance of L.P. gas entering a building and causing an explosion and/or fire.

In addition, anyone causing fire damage, injury or death as a result of using a grill or similar device outlined above in such a manner as to be in violation of this code may be held responsible for his or her actions.

 

Please direct any inquiries to the Fire Prevention Division at (715) 839-4825.