4. Your health (2)
The stink of cheap cuts of meat, burgers, sausages, prawns and fish – yes, people grill seafood on their balconies – is just part of it. The smoky flavour imparted by fat hitting a hot plate, the very reason we love barbecues, could also be killing us.
Smoke from barbecues carries cancer-creating compounds in far greater quantities than the drift from a single cigarette (which has also been singled out in strata laws).
“Grilling is double trouble because it also exposes meat to the cancer-causing chemicals (called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) contained in the smoke wafting from burning coals and any drips of fat that cause flare-ups,” says the Harvard report.
The problem with balcony barbecues is that you are in a semi-confined space and you can’t avoid breathing it in – and neither can your neighbours on their balconies or if their windows are open.
If smell and smoke aren’t a problem, why don’t you barbecue with your balcony doors open? And are you really using solid fuel and wood chips? Seriously???