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The Bismarck Fire Department would like to remind residents about grilling tips for a safe summer grilling season.
• Charcoal grills are not allowed on the balconies of apartment buildings.• If you use a charcoal grill be sure to dispose of the charcoals properly. Do not throw them in the garbage. Place the coals in a metal container and fill the container with water to ensure the coals are extinguished before disposing of them. Protect the coals from the wind as this can spread hot embers to other areas. • Bismarck City Ordinance allows propane grills with up to a 20 pound tank on the balconies of apartment buildings. Check with your building manager to see if they are permissible in your building.• Before using the grill, be sure the grill is clean of debris. Some animals and insects may have nested in the grill over the winter. Make sure the gas ports are clear of obstructions that may affect the burners.• Be sure to place the grill on a level surface, away from siding, deck railings and out from under the eaves of the building.• Check the gas cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will quickly reveal escaping propane by releasing bubbles. If you determine your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.• Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill. • When cooking use long-handled grilling tools and a mitt to reduce the chance of burns from heat and flames. • Keep children and pets away from the grill area: declare a three-foot "safe zone" around the grill. Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.For more information visit our Public Education Grilling Safety page at www.bismarck.org/fire