LPG BARBECUE FIRES

10/01/2003
BY CARL MEYERWhen called to a fire in-volving a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) barbecue grill, you generally will encounter one of three types of fires: a grease fire in the body of the barbecue, a fire that involves the hose that connects the barbecue to the regulator (the regulator remains intact and is still controlling the flow of LPG), or a fire that burns directly from the cylinder valve.Although the first two types of fires may develop into something worse, they are generally easy to control. The third type must be appropriately dealt with in a timely manner to prevent a boiling-liquid, expanding-vapor explosion (BLEVE). A BLEVE occurs when flame impingement weakens the cylinder. Th...

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