Avoid a siz­zle – bar­be­cue safely

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

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.

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

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