With warm weather on the horizon, many people are gearing up for grilling season. If you enjoy using your grill to cook, it’s important to keep safety in mind. A Today Show video shows just how easy it is for a propane gas tank leak to result in a potentially deadly explosion.
Propane Gas Grill Fires: More Common Than You Might Think
If you’re like most people, you fire up your propane gas grill without much worry. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 8,000 house fires each year are caused by grills, with 82 percent caused by grills fueled by natural gas and liquid propane. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these types of fires reach their peak in July. These fires cause 140 injuries and 10 fatalities each year; they also cause $96 million in property damage annually.
Defective Gas Grills Are a Hazard
As with any consumer product, defects and flaws in design and manufacture can lead to malfunctions that result in injury and even death. A quick search of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website shows just how frequently gas grills are recalled due to leaks, faulty temperature gauges, and fire and burn hazards. Grills have also been recalled due to broken and cracked hoses, bad manifolds, defective ignition switches, and ill-fitting hoods that fail to provide adequate ventilation.
Although you can’t control whether a product manufacturer puts a safe and effective grill on the market, you can take steps to make sure you are as safe as possible. In addition to checking for recalls online, you should also consider the following steps when you grill:
Check for leaks. There are a couple options for checking for propane leaks. Many propone tanks include ethyl mercaptan, which has a very strong scent. If you smell it, you might have a leak. You can also apply soapy water to the hose. If bubbles appear, you might have a leak. If you detect a leak, contact the fire department.
Get plenty of ventilation. Grill outside in a well-ventilated area. Even a garage or porch area can lack the ventilation you need to make sure dangerous gases do not build up.
Keep kids away. Burns are a serious hazard for young children. Never leave a grill unattended, and keep grills away from areas where children are playing.
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