Don't let a dodgy BBQ blow up holiday fun
SUMMER is synonymous with throwing a couple of snags on the barbie, however in light of recent accidents on The Downs involving barbecues, now is the time to make sure they're safe this season.
Five simple gas safety tips could be the difference between holiday BBQ fun or disaster, says Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham.
Dr Lynham said the government's petroleum and gas safety inspectors came across dodgy gas installs and unsafe use of gas appliances as part of their job every day.
The top five tips are:
CHECK for holes, rust, dints and damage. If your gas system looks dodgy or is damaged don't use it - swap it for a new one immediately. Check barbecue fittings and hoses for any signs of fading, fraying, cracking or splitting and check the regulator connection for any missing 'O' ring seals.
CONNECT SAFELY, follow the use-by date and manufacturer's installation instructions for safe assembly and use. Particularly important for caravans, camper trailers or modified BBQs. Never DIY if you find a problem, always use a licensed gas fitter to fix it or install new appliances
AVOID SHONKY PRODUCTS, don't scrimp with dodgy products or buy incorrect fittings. Some imports may be cheap but if it's not approved for use in Australia it could be dangerous. Check your appliances are safe to use in Australia and always use fittings as they are intended or as specified by the manufacturer. This can be done online or asking your retailer for proof it's an approved appliance that meets appropriate certification standards.
TRANSPORT AND STORE LPG CYLINDERS SAFELY, use a tie down on your gas bottle while in transit. Don't let it roll around, or get bumped and always keep it out of the sun when transporting a LPG bottle in your vehicle.
STAY SAFE, check for leaks and compliance. Don't risk burns, fire or toxic fumes - use soapy water on connections between the appliance and the gas cylinder to check for bubbles - this indicates there's a gas leak which could ignite causing an explosion .Check the date on your gas cylinders to ensure it has been tested within the past 5-10 years. If it's older than 10 years call the Inspectorate for advice or get a new one.