Safety Tips to Prevent Gas Explosions


Gas explosions frequently occur on construction or other industrial sites due to the proximity of chemicals and other combustible materials. However, gas explosions can also happen at home. Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) is commonly used for home barbecues, RV appliances, and heating and cooking appliances. And while LPG has proven to be exceedingly useful for domestic purposes, it is also a frequent cause of gas explosions at home.

Depending on the nature and location of the explosion, the consequences can be devastating including:

  • Property damages—to vehicles, appliances and homes
  • Burn injuries—from minor to severe
  • Traumatic/emotional distress—such as PTSD or other psychological reactions
  • Death—from smoke inhalation and severe burns

To help avoid the risk of a gas explosion you should:

  • Keep LPG tanks or any other type of combustible away from flammable materials such as matches, lighters, lit candles, campfires, etc.
  • Turn off gas tanks when not in use.
  • Check tanks or other combustible material containers regularly for cracks, leaks or other potential hazards.
  • Do not leave cooking food unattended, including barbecue grills.
  • If you detect the smell of gas, do not turn on any type of electrical appliance because any kind of spark can ignite an explosion.

Gas explosions whether domestic or industrial can cause severe damage and injuries and give way to numerous San Francisco personal injury claims. By practicing preventative safety measures, the life you protect may be your own.

Contact a San Francisco personal injury law firm

All too often negligence and/or product malfunction cause gas explosions resulting in serious injuries and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a gas explosion, contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

San Bruno PG&E Gas Line Explosion & Fire

A catastrophic explosion occurred on Thursday, Sept. 9 in San Bruno, killing four people and injuring more than 50 others. The explosion and subsequent fire destroyed over 40 homes in the area after a gas line ruptured. The gas line was owned and operated by PG&E.

Third degree burns and smoke inhalation have been reported as main causes of injury to residents of the San Bruno community. Residents had reported smelling natural gas in the area in the days leading up to the explosion, which may be an indication that the blast could have been prevented. Twelve hours after the explosion, only 75 present of the fire was contained. Over 100 additional homes in the area have sustained extensive damage.

Help Victims of the San Bruno Explosion

The Red Cross has opened two shelters. One is at Veterans Memorial Recreation Center at 251 City Park Way in San Bruno. The other is at the senior center adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center.

If you are interested in donating to assist those affected by the disaster call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY or visit the Bay Area Red Cross at For information on giving blood, visit

San Bruno Explosion, Fire Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys

For information on potential personal injury or wrongful death claims related to the San Bruno pipeline explosion please call Weber & Nierenberg at 415-788-3900. You can also email us for more information. Your consultation will be confidential and free of charge.

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