Avoid a sizzle – barbecue safely

December 27, 2017

Apron? Check. Tongs? Check. Safety? Check.

With the warm weather here to stay for a while, the Country Fire Authority is urging residents to be barbecue-safe this summer.

Before you throw your bangers on the grill, make sure your barbecue is in good working order.

Last summer, firefighters from the CFA responded to 88 barbecue fires across the state.

CFA chief officer Steve Warrington said unattended barbecues were a common cause of fires.

‘‘It’s tempting to turn your back on a barbecue, but a few seconds is all it takes for a fire to start,’’ he said.

‘‘The last thing you want is for firefighters to be called to your house or party this festive season.’’

Top ten barbecue safety tips:

●Check the LP gas cylinder on your barbecue before turning it on. A cylinder must not be refilled if it hasn’t been tested for more than 10 years or if the cylinder has been damaged.

●Have your gas cylinder tested by a licensed gasfitter.

●If needed, exchange your gas cylinder at a reputable supplier.

●Check the hose to make sure it hasn’t deteriorated.

●Check the connections to make sure they are tight and that the O-rings are in good condition and have not cracked or split.

●Spray the hose and regulator connections with soapy water every time you connect it to the cylinder. If bubbles form, gas is leaking and you need to check the connections and replace them if they’re damaged.

●Use your barbecue outdoors, in a clear space.

●Cook with barbecue utensils and wear an apron to protect yourself from hot fat.

●Remove excess fat from the barbecue after each use.

●Do not use barbecues in windy conditions because the burners might blow out, risking the accumulation of leading gas.

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