Barbecue safety reminder ahead of Grand Final
WA’s gas safety regulator is urging AFL and NRL fans to stay off the injury list by using barbecues safely this Grand Final weekend.
Building and Energy’s premier advice for safe grilling with gas includes:
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, read the barbecue’s safety warnings and look for an approval badge to certify that it is authorised for sale in Australia.
- Check the gas cylinder for damage and ensure its most recent test date, usually stamped on the collar, is within the past 10 years. If it has exceeded 10 years, the cylinder should be replaced or retested.
- Be aware that new or replacement LPG cylinders for barbecues may have a safer type of cylinder valve and appliance connection known as LCC27. Cylinders and appliances with the former Type 21 (POL) valves can continue to be used, but LCC27 will become the standard Australian fitting for new LPG cylinders between 3.7kg and 9kg and related appliances.
- Check the gas hose for cracks, kinks or flaws that could result in a gas leak.
- After opening the cylinder to release gas, but before igniting the barbecue, apply soapy water to the LPG cylinder, hose and appliance connections. Bubbles or a gas smell are signs of a gas leak.
- Barbecues and other outdoor gas appliances must only be used in the open air. Indoor use could result in potentially lethal exposure to carbon monoxide.
- Clean the barbecue regularly to reduce fire risks from built-up grease and oil.
“If there are any concerns with your barbecue, turn off the gas immediately and arrange for the faulty component to be replaced or repaired by a licensed gas fitter,” said Matthew Peacock, Building and Energy’s Director of Electricity, Gas and Plumbing Compliance.
Visit Building and Energy’s gas barbecue safety webpage (via dmirs.wa.gov.au) for more information and a handy video.
Media contact: BEmedia@dmirs.wa.gov.au
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