Safe Grilling Tips

Barbecue grill

With warmer weather gracing the area, people will be thinking of cooking outside, rather than inside their apartments. There are some things to keep in mind to have a safe experience when using outdoor grills at University Apartments.

  • Grills cannot be used indoors, underneath an overhang, or on a fire rescue platform (balcony).
  • Place your grill on the ground at least 10 feet away from the building.
  • Pay attention to wind direction and strength before lighting a fire. Smoke may drift into neighbors’ windows, so please be considerate.
  • Hot grills must be attended at all times. Keep in mind that the grill is still hot even after you remove your food and extinguish the coals.
  • Keep children away from grills.
  • Dump water on coals and then let them cool completely before disposing of them in dumpsters.
  • Storing charcoal starter fluid inside buildings is not permitted; you may want to try self-starting charcoal, fire starter sticks, or a charcoal chimney.
  • Madison fire codes state that propane tanks must be kept outdoors at all times.