WA State Fire Code Update

March 18th, 2024

March 19, 2024 Update: On March 15, the State Building Code Council held an emergency meeting, reversing the fire code prohibiting the use of grills and BBQs on patios and decks of apartments and condos. Before you fire up your grill, we encourage you to check your building management/HOA rules and always follow manufacturer safety information.

For general grilling safety tips: https://rb.gy/trudyc

On March 15th, 2024, WA State adopted International Fire Code 308.4.1restricting the use of BBQs, grills, and other open burning devices on balconies or within 10-feet of combustible construction in apartments, condos or other multi-resident buildings. This fire code does not apply to single family homes. 

There may be exceptions for some two-family dwellings, buildings where balconies and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system, or when using small, less than 2.5lb propane tanks (similar to what you would use on a camp-stove, or camping BBQ).

While this code was just adopted in WA State, it has been in the International Fire Code for several years. 

Each year, fire departments across the nation respond to over 11,000 fires started by BBQs and over 19,000 people are seen in emergency rooms for injuries associated with grilling. Cooking on patios or near combustible materials, like siding or eaves, is a fire hazard that puts both you and your neighbors at risk.

For more information please contact the Pierce County Fire Prevention Bureauor WA State Fire Marshal’s Office.