"Every summer there are incidents involving gas BBQ’s but these can be easily avoided with a few simple safety measures,” says Mr Graham Brake, managing director of Australian Appliance Company, Black and Stone. Mr Brake recommends:
1. Position: Ensure the barbecue is at least one metre away from objects, including the house and any shrubs or bushes.
2. Cylinders and hoses: Barbecues are often exposed to harsh weather conditions when out of use which means hoses can split and connections can be damaged. Check the hose to make sure it has not perished and make sure the gas connections are tight and leak free before using the barbecue, especially if the barbecue has been left idle for some time.
3. Leaks: Never use a match or naked flame to check for leaks. Follow the appliance or cylinder manufacturer’s instructions regarding leak checking procedures.
4. Gas: Check the gas cylinder. A gas cylinder must not be refilled if it has not been tested for over 10 years or if the cylinder has been damaged. Never use a barbecue on the wrong gas and don’t use Autogas, as it differs from LP and natural gas.
5. Children: Designate the barbecue area a ‘no play zone’, keeping children and pets away until the grill and barbecue tools are completely cool.
6. Ventilation: Never bring a barbecue indoors or into an unventilated place. This is a fire and carbon monoxide poisoning hazard.
7. Action: If a leak is detected or if you smell gas, immediately turn off the supply of gas from the cylinder.
8. Prevention: Always have a suitable fire extinguisher close and handy to your barbecue or outdoor gas appliance. (Check with your retailer for the correct fire extinguisher for your needs)
For further information call 1300 089 001 or log on to Black and Stone at: www.blackandstone.com.au