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Propane tank dangers: Leaks on BBQ grills could cause a fire or an explosion

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Propane dangers are very real, but not just in food trucks. They can happen in your backyard grill.

It happened just a few weeks ago near 35th Ave & Bethany Home Road. A 60 year-old man went to light his grill, and a propane tank exploded.

He suffered serious burns; a second person was also burned, and the fire spread ultimately destroying the home.

Propane tanks used for grills are a big hazard if not checked or used properly. Even the smallest leak could lead to a big fire or explosion.

Officials say you should always check for leaks on the propane tank connections by putting soapy water on the hoses. If there is a leak, you'll see bubbles and you should not light up the grill or use that tank.

"We want to avoid from having them under an awning, or patio, or any kind of structure. We want to keep them away from the house," said Phoenix Fire Captain Mark Vanacore.

Another tip, always ignite your grill with the lid open. If any gas has leaked a closed lid could trap the gas and when lit it could cause an explosion.

"If you do have a flare up, water is not the best resolution for the problem. Water and grease do not get along, so if you have a flare up on your grill one of the preferred methods is to just remove the meat from the grill. You are then removing the source of the flare up and can deal with it as such," said Capt Vanacore.

And before you light the grill make sure the propane tank wasn't left open. If it was, it could mean there is gas in the air and a flame could spark an explosion.
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