Gas barbecue safety
A barbecue is a great Australian tradition. To keep you safe and ensure your barbecue remains enjoyable following are four points to consider:
- Transporting the LP Gas cylinder
- Connecting the gas cylinder to the barbecue
- Operating the barbecue
Transporting the LP Gas cylinder
Whether you are returning the gas cylinder for refilling or using the convenient exchange cylinders avoid transporting the cylinder in an enclosed space such as a boot. Most of us take the cylinder in the cabin of our vehicle, if you must, the cylinder should be transported in an upright position secured with a seat belt with an open window for ventilation.
Sealing plugs are supplied with exchange cylinders, do not remove the plug until you a ready to connect the barbecue (keep the plug for later use). Do not leave a filled gas cylinder in a vehicle un-attended especially on warmer days and always leave a window partially opened.
Connecting the gas barbecue
Most LP Gas barbecues are connected to a 9kg gas cylinder that has a left handed thread. Unscrew the sealing plug and retain it for later use. Check the male brass connection for a rubber nose or an “O” ring. These rubber seals enable the barbecue to be connected without the use of tools and can be hand tightened. Once tightened use a soapy water solution sprayed over this joint to ensure it is leak free, if bubbles occur on this joint, tighten it up further.
Replacement rubber seals can be purchased from your local hardware store or any outdoor/recreational specialist store.
Operating the gas barbecue
Most gas barbecues are designed and approved for outdoor use only. When setting up the barbecue select a position that is protected from wind. Only light the barbecue one burner at a time, some barbecues have a piezo igniter for this. The design of the barbecue will allow cross lighting of the next adjacent burner but even so, keep your face a distance away if you must look at the burners. Keep small children and pets away when cooking as the barbecue is “hot”.
Some operating instructions supplied with the barbecue may call for the drip tray (if fitted) to be filled with sand. It is preferred that the tray be lined with aluminium foil. Sand in the tray tends to accumulate the fat from the cooking process. The fat can be readily ignited causing a fire that in some instances can be frightening. It is also easier to dispose of the aluminium foil once the barbecue has cooled down.
When finished, close off the cylinder valve first and then the burners.
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