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Don’t let firefighters crash your grand final BBQ this weekend

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27 Sep 2018
As the Magpies and Eagles soar into this weekend’s AFL Grand Final, Victorian firefighters are calling on the community to ensure their BBQs and outdoor ovens are ready for first bounce.

Grand Final weekend is often the first time Victorians will fire up their barbecue after the winter months and MFB and CFA are urging the community to make sure their Liquid Petroleum gas barbecue is in good working order before the teams take flight. 

Last week alone MFB firefighters attended two fires involving a BBQ and an outdoor pizza oven, both of which resulted in serious damage to homes in Huntingdale and Thomastown.

MFB Chief Officer/CEO Dan Stephens said checking your barbecue is quick and easy to do and that most incidents could be avoided if a little more care was taken with the use and maintenance of gas barbecues.

“Spending a few minutes to inspect the connection can keep you and your loved ones safe, and means our firefighters won’t have to interrupt your grand final gathering," he said.

“The check is simple; just spray the hose and regulator connections with soapy water before firing up the barbeque. 

“Bubbles will form if gas is escaping. If you’ve got any doubts about the connections, turn off the gas and replace the connection or contact a licensed gasfitter.

“You should leak-test the connection to the gas cylinder every time you connect it. And remember, cooking should never be left unattended."

CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington said the community needs to take a few simple safety precautions before they relax and start cooking.

“If you want to barbeque, you must check that your barbecue’s gas cylinder, hose and connections are working properly,” he said.

“Summer is just around the corner and it’s going to start heating up soon, we all love a barbeque when it’s hot so it’s important yours is safe.”

“If the connections on your barbecue are loose, the hose has perished or the cylinder has been damaged you could be putting your loved ones at risk of serious injury or even death.”

To ensure your barbecue is safe:

  • If a fire occurs, don’t try to extinguish the flames if it is not safe to do so. Call Triple Zero and turn off the gas at the meter or cylinder, but only if you can do so safely.
  • Check the LP gas cylinder on your barbecue before you turn 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.
  • To have your gas cylinder tested ensure you use a licensed gasfitter
  • You can exchange LP gas cylinders at a reputable supplier
  • Check the hose to make sure it has not 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
  • Use your barbecue in a clear space. Never use it indoors or in a confined area and ensure there is adequate clearance from walls, fences, and other property
  • Cook with barbecue utensils and wear an apron to protect yourself from hot fat
  • Remove excess fat from the barbecue after each use to prevent fires
  • Do not use barbecues in windy conditions as the burners may blow out, risking a gas leak.

 

For more information regarding BBQ safety please visit: http://www.mfb.vic.gov.au/Community-Safety/Campaigns-and-Events/BBQ-safety-tips.html

For media enquiries, contact:

·         MFB Media: 9665 4699 or email media@mfb.vic.gov.au

 

·         CFA Media on: 1300 CFA MEDIA or cfamedia@cfa.vic.gov.au

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