Outdoor Fires and Grilling

The City of Malden is a densely populated city, with older housing predominantly constructed of wood frame dwellings which are close together. 

  • Outside burning or open burning is strictly prohibited in Malden as to prevent fires from starting and spreading to multiple houses.   

  • Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and chimenea are also prohibited in the City of Malden. 

  • Any outside burning or open burning is a violation of 310 CMR 7.07(3)e and is subject to fines. 

If residents observe violations, they should not hesitate to contact the Malden Fire Department by calling 781-397-7388. 


The Malden Fire Department is reminding residents that charcoal, wood, electric and propane grills  

  • Are not allowed on porches, balconies, fire escapes or roofs. 

  • Propane tanks are not allowed to be stored in or on any residential building at any time. 

  • Grills should be kept clean to prevent grease fires. 

  • Grilling should be done on ground level, 10 feet (10’) away from any combustible walls or structures. 

  • Grills should not be used under any overhangs. 

  • Never leave a grill unattended. 


Violations and Fines

If the Malden Fire Department responds to your home for one of the above offenses they will ask you to extinguish the fire or remove the hazard and advise you that these actions are prohibited in Malden by State Fire Code and City Ordinance Chapter 10 Section 13. 

If repeated calls are made to the same address for repeat offenses, you will be subject to fines by the Malden Fire Department.