Outdoor gas appliances

Portable outdoor appliances such as gas heaters and barbecues are ideal for use outdoors. However, these appliances can present a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning if used indoors or in semi-enclosed areas.

Safe locations for using gas barbecues and gas patio heaters

This brochure is designed to advise builders, gas fitters and consumers where gas-fired barbecues and patio heaters may be installed and used safely.

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Safe operation

Keep you and your family safe by following these simple steps:

  • Only use outdoor appliances outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure cafe-style blinds are up when using these gas appliances.
  • Read the manufacturer's instructions prior to use.
  • To prevent a fire hazard, make sure the appliance is away from combustible materials eg timber.
  • Use the right type of gas. Check the data plate on the appliance to find out what type of gas it uses.

Cylinders and hoses

  • Do not refill cylinders that have been damaged.
  • Check the cylinder test date to make sure it has not been over 10 years since it was tested.
  • Make sure the hose is not damaged.
  • Check connections are tight.
  • Soapy water test - spray the hose, regulator and all connections with a soapy water solution.  Bubbles will form if gas is escaping.  If in doubt, turn off the gas and refer to a licensed gas fitter.
  • Serious leaks are common and can be dangerous.

Storage quantities for LP Gas cylinders

For the safe storage of LP Gas cylinders including storage capacities, please refer to Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1596: The storage and handling of LP gas, Table 2.1.

LP Gas cylinder storage

Consumers should observe the following precautions with LP Gas storage:

  • LP Gas cylinders must not be stored close to any ignition source.
  • Cylinders must be stored upright to allow proper operation of the safety relief valve.
  • Cylinder valves must be closed when not in use.
  • Cylinders must be protected against falling, damage and excessive rise in temperature.
  • Cylinders must not be stored in locations which would risk escape from a building in the event of a fire.


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