Monthly Archives: August 2017

Summer Safety

When it rains it pours of late and this being a sweaty time of year anyway, a lot of us have had the dehumidifier running in the lower level. Turns out there’s a huge safety recall. You can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website at: to see if your model is part of the recall.

Another summer pastime is to bring the cooking outdoors. But before firing up the grill, please review your association’s rules and regulations regarding grilling. Many communities mirror municipal fire code which often adopts what is known as Appendix K of the Minnesota State Fire Code. Here it is:

Appendix K-Fires or Barbecues on Balconies or Patios

1.1 Open Flame Prohibited. In any structure containing three or more dwelling units, no person shall kindle, maintain, or cause any fire or open flame on any balcony above ground level, or on any ground floor patio within 15 feet of a structure.

1.2 Fuel Storage Prohibited. No person shall store or use any fuel, barbecue, torch, or other similar heating or lighting chemical or device in the locations designated in Section 1.1.

Exception: Listed electric or gas-fired barbecue grills that are permanently mounted and wired or plumbed to the building’s gas supply or electrical system and that maintain a minimum clearance of 18 inches on all sides, unless listed for lesser clearances, may be installed on balconies and patios when approved by the chief.

Now, that’s some language that can give you worse brain-freeze than rapidly eaten ice cream. But it’s about fire safety and that’s important any time of year.