A friendly reminder, as BBQ season approaches
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.