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Propane-fueled grills

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An explosion may be waiting to happen on your patio or in your back yard. If your outdoor grill is fueled by propane and you fail to check it regularly for leaks, your next barbecue could end in tragedy.

"The first nice weekend you light it and if there is a leak you will have a problem," says Burr. "You will burn the deck or the outside of the house."

The NFPA recommends that you check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each season. Apply soapy water to the hose and watch for bubbles. If you determine by bubbles or the scent of gas that your grill is leaking gas and there is no flame, turn off the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

If you smell gas while cooking, get away quickly and call the fire department.

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