Can we use our outdoor grill or fireplace?

Contained fires, such as in a grill or outdoor fireplace, are allowed in town, even during dry periods. According to the International Fire Code, as amended and adopted by Town Ordinances, Chapter 3, Article IX, in Section 308.3.1:

Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated or located on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of combustible construction. Exceptions: 1. One- and two-family dwellings. 2. Where buildings, balconies, and decks are protected by an approved automatic sprinkler system.


In short, grills are prohibited on apartment balconies or patios. We encourage you to be “fire smart” when cooking outdoors to prevent injury to your family as well as damage to your property. Please see the outdoor cooking link in the Fire Prevention section.


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1. Should I call 911? I’m not sure if the situation is serious and I don’t want to get a bill if I don’t really need an ambulance.
2. Where do you take patients who need to go to a hospital?
3. Do you provide non-emergency ambulance service?
4. Why do we charge residents for ambulance service?
5. How do I pay my ambulance bill?
6. Why does the fire truck go on a call for the ambulance?
7. What should drivers do when they see emergency vehicles approaching them from behind with lights and sirens on?
8. My family member is injured/having chest pains. Isn’t it faster to just drive to the hospital than to wait for an ambulance?
9. Should I drive to the fire station to save time?
10. How do I obtain an outdoor burn permit?
11. Can we use our outdoor grill or fireplace?
12. Can we set off fireworks in our backyard?
13. I would like to get rid of a bunch of chemicals in my garage (paint, antifreeze, insecticides, etc.) but I don’t want to put them in the regular trash. How can I dispose of them?
14. Why are the flags at half-mast? How do I know if we should have our flag at half-mast?
15. Can we visit the fire station and see the fire trucks?
16. Can we have a birthday party at the fire station?