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Fiery footy fans urged to take care

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01 Oct 2015
MFB and CFA are reminding footy fans to check their barbecues are in good working order before celebrating the AFL Grand Final this weekend.

Last financial year firefighters attended more than 350 barbecue-related fires across the state (MFB: 147, CFA: 216). As the weather is starting to warm up, more people are entertaining outside.

MFB Community Education Commander Andrew O’Connell said taking the time to ensure your barbecue was working before the big day meant you could sit back and enjoy the game.

“I don’t want to miss a second of the action, and would encourage people to make the most of the public holiday on Friday and check their barbecues for loose connections, and hoses that have visibly deteriorated or cylinders that look damaged,” he said.

"These can lead to fires or explosions with consequences ranging from a nasty shock to serious injury or even death.”

CFA State Duty Officer Chris Cowley said checking your barbecue is quick and easy to do.

"You can check the hose and regulator connections are safe by spraying them with soapy water. Bubbles will form if gas is escaping,” he said.

“If you’ve got any doubts about the connections, turn off the gas and replace the connection or contact a licensed gasfitter.”

BBQ safety tips:

  • Check the LP gas cylinder before you turn it on to make sure it’s not visibly damaged. 
  • You can exchange LP gas cylinders at a reputable supplier. 
  • Check the connections to make sure they are tight and that the O rings are in good condition and have not cracked or split.
  • If a fire occurs, don’t try to extinguish the flames unless you’re sure it is safe. Call Triple Zero and turn off the gas at the meter or cylinder if you can.  
  • Never leave your cooking unattended.

 

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