This week on the Today Show, reporter Jeff Rossen highlighted the dangers of propane grills when used the wrong way. According to the report, the most common mistake people make when grilling is turning on the gas with the cover of the grill down. When you do that, there’s a buildup of gas, and when you hit the igniter, this trapped gas inside explodes.
The appropriate way to start a grill is to keep the lid open before lighting it and hit the ignition switch right away, to reduce the amount of gas buildup. Another important tip is to do a soapy water test. By spraying the hoses and connections with soapy water, you’ll be able to see if you have a gas leak.
Find out more about how to keep you and your family safe this summer season by visiting NFPA's grilling safety web page.