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Fire code bans charcoal grills in condos, with exceptions

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 02, 2014

~~<p><strong><span style="font-size: 12px;">Question</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12px;">: I live in the Kukui Plaza condominium, where residents were informed by management that during an inspection by the Honolulu Fire Department and due to a new fire code, there would be no barbecuing immediately on the million-dollar, award-winning designed garden deck of our complex. All the charcoal grills were removed, and we are not to use even gas grills or our own portable grills. Then it was discovered that a new condo downtown still had grills in their recreation area. Why is this not being equitably enforced by HFD at all the town houses, condominiums and apartments islandwide, and why the ridiculous new law, which takes away from the residents' enjoyment of their facilities? I can see the definite fire hazard and thus the no-barbecuing rule for apartments with lanais, but for the 40-some years of Kukui Plaza's existence, there has never been a fire on our garden deck.</span><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;</span></p>
<p class="p1"><strong>Answer</strong>: You should be enjoying grilling again on the garden deck.</p>
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Question: I live in the Kukui Plaza condominium, where residents were informed by management that during an inspection by the Honolulu Fire Department and due to a new fire code, there would be no barbecuing immediately on the million-dollar, award-winning designed garden deck of our complex. All the charcoal grills were removed, and we are not to use even gas grills or our own portable grills. Then it was discovered that a new condo downtown still had grills in their recreation area. Why is this not being equitably enforced by HFD at all the town houses, condominiums and apartments islandwide, and why the ridiculous new law, which takes away from the residents' enjoyment of their facilities? I can see the definite fire hazard and thus the no-barbecuing rule for apartments with lanais, but for the 40-some years of Kukui Plaza's existence, there has never been a fire on our garden deck. 

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