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Re: BBQing in NYC: fire = common sense must apply

Posted by gary on June 06, 2000 at 18:45:04:

In Reply to: Re: BBQing in NYC: fire = more dangerous is Queens posted by Bob on June 02, 2000 at 17:54:27:

: : : : I live in an apartment in a 12-apartment building with balcony in Queens,NY, and my landlord says BBQing in a balcony is totally OK, but my friend says it's illegal in any apartments in NYC. Which one is right? Or does it depend on the apartment building that has its landlord's permission?

: : : Usually: illegal. No BBQ within 10 feet of anything combustible, including roof surfaces. Grills on fire escapes are forbidden because they impede access; you can't put one on the roof because the roofing material can catch fire; and you can only use your terrace provided you fall within the 10-foot rule. In addition, you need a water supply on hand, which the Fire Department defines as either a working garden hose or 16 quarts of water. The Fire Department does respond to all complaints about grills and will order you to stop grilling.

: : : And then there's the carbon monoxide from the BBQ flooding your apartment and your neighbors'...

: :
: : Yes, that is all true. I think this falls into the category of, yes, it is illegal, but everybody does it. If this person takes common sense precautions, and it is OK with the landlord, I dont see the problem.
: : Something like this wouldn't be done on, say, Park Avenue. But this is Queens.

: Yo! Gary!
: fire is more dangerous is Queens: more buildings made of wood.
: most fires on the news are Queens.

Well, like I said--the fellow needs to use common sense. I used to live in Rego Park, Queens, and it was pretty commonplace for people to use little hibachis and barbecue on their balconies. Everybody who had a balcony would do it. These were standard brick apartment buildings. True, you can't be an idiot and set a blazing inferno near a wooden beam--but people will do idiotic things even if they are 15 feet from the nearest surface.

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