The danger to occupants and the difficulty of fighting a fire is greater in a larger building, such as an apartment.
The City of Hopkins bans the use of barbecues on balconies or within ten feet of a building that contains homes for multiple families. (See Hopkins City Code 905.03)
Listed electric or gas-fired barbecue grills that are permanently mounted and wired or plumbed to the building's gas supply or electrical system and that maintain a minimum clearance of 18 inches on all sides are exempt.
The fire doors in buildings are there to protect your life and property. These doors keep a fire that is in the hallway or on another floor from blocking your escape or getting inside your apartment.
Because building stairways and hallways can act like chimneys, a fire travels quickly from one area to another until it is slowed down by a closed fire door.
The next time you find a fire door on your floor propped open, close it. The life you save may be your own. It is against the law to prop open a fire door.
The owner of the property being rented is legally responsible for the installation, maintenance, and recordkeeping of individual smoke detectors.