Grill Safety

It is anticipated that many backyard barbeques will be in use over the course of the summer. We ask that you exercise caution and keep safety in mind when setting up, using and cleaning up your BBQ grill.

Did you know that cooking, most notably "unattended cooking" is the number one cause of fires and fire related injuries in Prince George's County, this includes both inside and outside cooking:

  • Watch what you heat
  • Never use a grill indoors including garages, overhangs and canopies
  • By Law - Grills must be at least 30 feet away from any multi-family apartment dwelling.
  • When using a grill at your single family home - homeowners should use a 10-foot perimeter from anything combustible - including your house!!!
  • In Prince George’s County - all grills are illegal to use on balconies of apartments and condominium apartments.
  • Do not allow children and pets to play near a grill
  • Only use approved ignition fluids - NEVER use gasoline to ignite a grill
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose or bucket of sand nearby to douse a grill fire
  • Inspect your grill before you ignite to ensure everything is in working order. This inspection includes all connections on your gas grills are tight and not leaking.