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LPG BARBECUE LEAKS: A PRIMER

Issue 4 and Volume 159.

BY CARL MEYER A liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-fueled barbecue is pretty much standard issue to just about every household these days. A multitude of problems involving the LPG barbecue can occur that may necessitate the response of the local fire department. The different types of fires that may occur were discussed in my previous article (see “LPG Barbecue Fires,” Fire Engineering, October 2003). Discussed here are the types of leaks involving the LPG barbecue that may be encountered. Most of these leaks don’t always present a severe hazard, but they do need to be corrected. LPG is a flammable gas that is heavier than air. The combination of these two physical properties along with a liquid-to-vapor expansion ratio of 270:1 can present a problem. It is a flammable gas that collects in low-lying areas such as basements, under decks, and in drainage culverts and must be dealt with in a…

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