Open flames can be extremely hazardous - especially when there's alcohol involved. However, your next barbeque can stay completely drama free by making sure you stick to city laws, lease agreements, and HOA agreements.
Your grill should be at least 10 feet away from anything that can catch fire - including the sides of your house. This means that any grilling on a porch or balcony is actually illegal and unsafe. Additionally, if your grill is producing a lot of smoke, you may be cited for air pollution. Make sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby just in case.
As for fire pits, only commercial fire pits with a screen top are allowed in the city of Columbus. It's illegal to burn trash or brush openly without a permit and approval from the Division of Fire, Fire Prevention Bureau. Additionally, fire pits cannot be used during "Air Quality Alert" days. Fire pits must also be 10 feet away from anything that can catch fire. More information, including a link to a burn permit, can be found here: (https://goo.gl/ux8nF9)
If you receive any complaints from neighbors, you must immediately put out your fire - whether you're grilling or using your fire pit.
Stay safe, and happy grilling!
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