Barbeque grills

Our regulations and safety tips will help you grill safely.

Grilling safety tips

Before you grill

  • Have an approved, working fire extinguisher nearby, and know how to use it.
  • Do not store liquefied petroleum cylinders inside buildings or on balconies.
  • Keep matches, lighters and combustible liquids away from children.

While grilling

  • Watch over your grill regularly when cooking, and keep the lid closed.
  • Make sure an adult is in charge at all times when using a grill.

Tips by type of grill

Charcoal grills

  • If you live in a multifamily building, ask building management for advice about using a charcoal grill.

Natural gas grills

  • Make sure your natural gas grill connects directly into your building’s natural gas supply. Also make sure it has a shutoff within six feet of the appliance.
  • Use only one-pound cylinders of liquefied petroleum gas and similar gasses.
  • Keep your grill at least 15 feet away from other objects.

Electric grills

  • Make sure your electric grill plugs into or has an approved outlet built into it.
  • Fasten your grill securely to prevent tipping.
  • Keep your grill at least 18 inches away from combustible materials.
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Grilling in multifamily homes


Review your lease with your building management to know their rules about grilling.

Building owners and management

Remind your tenants about grilling safety practices when they sign or renew a lease.

Related link

Read Minnesota state rules about fires on balconies or patios

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