Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. Gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 6,900 home fires, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,100 home fires.
The leading equipment involving in LP-gas home structure fires was grill, hibachi, or barbecue. Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
Handle any propane-powered equipment cautiously and always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Cylinder tanks for equipment such as stoves and ovens must be located outside of the home.
Never store or use propane gas cylinders larger than one pound inside the home.
Never operate a propane-powered gas grill inside the home.
Have propane gas equipment inspected periodically by a professional for possible leaks or malfunctioning parts.
Carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions when lighting a pilot.
If you smell a strong odor of gas, leave the area immediately and call the fire department from outside the home.