While you’re throwing another prawn on the barbie this Christmas, be careful to not throw safety out the window.
Every day, the State Government’s gas safety inspectors come across dodgy gas installations and locals using gas appliances in a dangerous way. So they’ve released a list of five simple gas tips to make sure Gold Coasters stay safe when barbecuing:
- CHECK for holes, rust, dints and damage. If your gas system looks dodgy or is damaged, swap it for a new one immediately. Check BBQ fittings and hoses for any signs of fading, fraying, cracking or splitting, and check the regulator connection for any missing ‘O’ ring seals.
- FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS from the manufacturer – particularly for caravans, camper trailers or modified BBQs. Always use a licensed gas fitter to fix a problem or to install new appliances.
- AVOID DODGY PRODUCTS. Some imports may be cheap but, if it’s not approved for use in Australia, it could be dangerous. Ask your retailer for proof that the product is approved and that it meets Australian certification standards.
- TRANSPORT AND STORE LPG CYLINDERS SAFELY by tying it down so that it doesn’t roll around or get bumped. Always keep an LPG bottle out of the sun while transporting it in your car.
- CHECK FOR GAS LEAKS by using soapy water on the connections between the appliance and the gas cylinder – bubbles indicate there’s a gas leak which could ignite and cause an explosion.
Queensland’s Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said it’s very easy to make sure gas bottles are safe for the BBQ and campsite, but a lot of people forget the basics of the simple maintenance checks they need to do.
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“Follow these safety tips and your friends and family will thank you for being on the front foot around gas over summer – even if your cooking skills are wanting,” said the Minister.