No. 1 gas barbecue safety tip: Check for leaks

No. 1 gas barbecue safety tip: Check for leaks
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With barbecue weather on tap for this weekend and the Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s time for some BBQ safety tips.

If you have a gas grill and it hasn't been used for a while, check the hoses for cracking, brittleness and holes. You don't want any leaks.

"That can cause a fire and that could come on very suddenly," says Patty Davis with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Shr recommends using a soapy solution made from liquid detergent. If you see bubbles when you turn on the gas, you've got a problem.

"If you are using the grill and the flame goes out, make sure that you turn of the gas supply at the propane tank. And then wait with the grill lid open, so you don't (get) pooling of propane because that can blow up in your face," she says.

A few more safety tips:

• Turn off the propane tank when you're done grilling.

• Store spare tanks upright and away from the grill.

• All grilling should take place outside – at least 10 feet away from the house.

• Keep the kids away from the grill and a fire extinguisher nearby.

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