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Barbecue Use and Storage

Read about prohibitions and restrictions for use and storage of barbecues in UC San Diego facilities.


Charcoal barbecues are prohibited in all facilities.

Restricted use

Barbecues and cooking devices may be used when these use and storage requirements are met:

  • Use only barbecues that operate with:
    • LPG (liquefied petroleum gas, or propane)
    • A UL-listed gas regulator
    • Burners in good working condition
  • Do not use barbecues above the ground floor of facilities.
  • Operate barbecues at least 10 feet away from buildings and any combustible materials.
  • Do not leave lit barbecues unattended.

Storage requirements

  • Do not store barbecues or fuel:
    • Inside living spaces
    • On balconies or above ground patios
  • Close LP or CNG (compressed natural gas) cylinder tank valves when not in use to prevent gas discharge or leaks.
For more information, contact EH&S Fire & Life Safety, (858) 534-3659.