Posted: Jun 24, 2010 1:11 PM by Greg Boyce
A rite of summer in the U.S. is grilling, but some apartment dwellers are not allowed the pleasure in Colorado Springs using certain types of grills.
The city's fire code restricts usage of certain types of cooking devices on decks and balconies at apartment communities with more than two units. Charcoal grills, solid fuel cooking appliances, smokers, oil fryers, hibachis, and all other types of open-flame cooking devices are not allowed on a balcony or deck constructed from materials that will burn. Propane powered grills with a tank size of 20 pounds or less and electric grills can be used on decks and balconies.
Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Keith Buckmiller states, "In our community charcoal grills, smokers, and wood cookers have been the source of several apartment fires. The fire code defining open-flame cooking devices is intended to be a life safety tool and we want to make sure the city's apartment dwellers are reducing their fire risk by using only LP gas or electric grills."