Violators of new rule for grills on decks could face fines, jail - KCTV5

Violators of new rule for grills on decks could face fines, jail time

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Summer is the season for grilling out, but the rules on where people can place their grill have changed in Kansas City in an effort to keep people safer.

People who keep their grill on a wooden deck should now be following a few requirements or else they could end up with a hefty fine and even face time in jail.

The reason for the new requirements is because deck fires have not only displaced the families that live in homes where the fire started, but also those around them.

"Some of the most devastating fires that we have seen have been in apartments where whole apartments complexes have been gutted out for the most part," said Kansas City Fire Department Battalion Chief James Garrett.

Mixing Labor Day weekend and the favorite summer holiday past time of grilling, and Garrett said the consequences can backfire. Which is why the city passed a new ordinance outlawing free-standing charcoal grills on wooden decks.

"It allows for some barbecuing on decks and some outdoor cooking. It really firms up the old law which says we don't have any barbecuing or free-cooking on decks," Garrett said.

If a person has a grill on a wooden deck and they live in a multi-family building and/or within 10 feet of one:

  • They must either have a gas line connected to the grill.
  • Or a propane tank no more than 2.5 pounds.
  • A deck made out of non-combustible materials.
  • Or a sprinkler system protecting their deck.

If a person is caught in violation of the new ordinance, they face up to $500 in fines or up to 180 days in jail.

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