As Hoboken residents get ready to observe Memorial Day, and welcome the summer season, the Hoboken Public Safety and Fire Departments are reminding all to follow local laws and grilling safety best practices.
“Hoboken has approximately 75 high rises, and dozens more lower rise buildings in our densely populated mile square city,” said Hoboken Fire Marshal Stephen DiVincent. “Any open flame or electric heating device could cause a fire and we want to make sure that we do all we can to protect our community. That is why we are educating the public on proactive preventative measures they can take now to avoid a grill fire.”
Hoboken Fire Chief Anton Peskens and Fire Marshal DiVincent offer the following advice and safety tips, to ensure a safe grilling experience this summer:
The Hoboken Fire Department reminds residents of State fire code statues which state:
As a reminder, fire pits are permissible in Hoboken without a permit for private use. However, it is illegal to burn vegetation, only specifically treated wood logs must be used, and flames cannot be more than 3 feet by 2 feet in height. Those using fire pits are asked to do so with caution and be respectful of neighbors, especially those who may have health concerns.
The Hoboken Fire Department will issue violation notices for those who do not abide by the Fire Codes. If the imminent hazard fire code violation is not abated within 24 hours, violators face fines of up to $5,000.
The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) says July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May, and August. The agency reports:
For more information about grilling safety, please visit the National Fire Protection Association's website at www.nfpa.org.