A friendly re­minder, as BBQ sea­son ap­proaches

Euroa Gazette - - HOME & GARDEN -

AS the sum­mer months are quickly ap­proach­ing, many of us are in­clined to crank up the back­yard bar­be­cue to en­joy with our fam­ily and friends.

Although mostly fun and en­joyed by all, they can be­come po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous when mixed with care­less­ness or ex­ces­sive al­co­hol.

CFA Vic­to­ria have said that if it’s been a while since you’ve got your gas bar­be­cue go­ing you should take all pre­cau­tion­ary steps to en­sure you still get to en­joy your lunch.

This in­cludes check­ing to see if the cylin­der is dam­aged and not try­ing to re­fill a dam­aged cylin­der, when it can be ex­changed at a rep­utable sup­plier.

You must be check­ing the hose to make sure it hasn’t de­te­ri­o­rated, by spray­ing the hose and reg­u­la­tor con­nec­tions with soapy wa­ter and if soap bub­bles ap­pear, you’ll know that gas is escaping.

This means you’ll need to ei­ther cor­rect the con­nec­tions or re­place your hose.

Of course check­ing that your bar­be­cue is clean and ex­cess fat or residue is re­moved is im­por­tant, as this can cause a fire.

They also have said to be aware that if wind blows the flame out, un­burnt gas can build up to dan­ger­ous lev­els and if this hap­pens, turn off the gas at the cylin­der, and wait a few min­utes be­fore you light the bar­be­cue again.

As the Strathbogie Shire district are in full swing of the Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod, the bar­be­cue must only use gas or elec­tric­ity, while be­ing a per­ma­nently fixed struc­ture built of stone, metal, con­crete.

The area within a dis­tance of three me­tres from the outer perime­ter of the bar­be­cue must be clear of flammable ma­te­rial and you have ei­ther a hose con­nected to a wa­ter sup­ply or a con­tainer with at least 10 litres of wa­ter for im­me­di­ate use.

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