Don’t Let Bad Gas Ruin Your Summer Holiday BBQs

Dec 21, 2016

We’ve all been there. You’re whole family and all your friends are over, you’ve prepped all the food, you’re just about to light up the barby… and there is no gas.

Unfortunately for you we can't do much about that, other than giving you this article as a reminder to fill your gas bottle.

However we can provide you with Five Simple Gas Safety Steps to ensure your gas bottle isn’t an accident waiting to happen.

You’re welcome. (and sorry we can’t really help with any other ahem, gas issues either. But I hear charcoal is good for that.)

According to Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham, the government’s petroleum and gas safety inspectors come across dodgy gas installs and unsafe use of gas appliances as part of their job every day.

“It’s very easy to make sure gas bottles are safe for the BBQ and campsite but a lot of people forget the basics of the simple maintenance checks they need to do.

“Most households use their BBQs and portable gas appliances more frequently during summer, so it’s essential consumers ‘take five’ for regular safety checks to keep your friends and family safe when you next throw a snag or prawn on the hot plate.”

Five Simple Gas Safety Tips

Follow these tips to ensure there are no gas related incidents at your BBQ’s this holiday season.

  1. CHECK for holes, rust, dints and damage. If your gas system looks dodgy or is damaged don’t use it - swap it for a new one immediately. Check barbecue fittings and hoses for any signs of fading, fraying, cracking or splitting and check the regulator connection for any missing ‘O’ ring seals.
  2. CONNECT SAFELY, follow the use-by date and manufacturer’s installation instructions for safe assembly and use. Particularly important for caravans, camper trailers or modified BBQs. Never DIY if you find a problem, always use a licensed gas fitter to fix it or install new appliances.
  3. AVOID SHONKY PRODUCTS, don’t use dodgy products or buy incorrect fittings. Some imports may be cheap, but if it’s not approved for use in Australia it could be dangerous. Check your appliances are safe to use in Australia and always use fittings as they are intended or as specified by the manufacturer. This can be done online or by asking your retailer for proof it’s an approved appliance which meets appropriate certification standards.
  4. TRANSPORT AND STORE LPG CYLINDERS SAFELY, use a tie down on your gas bottle while in transit. When transporting a LPG bottle in your vehicle don’t let it roll around, or get bumped and always keep it out of the sun.
  5. STAY SAFE, check for leaks and compliance. Don’t risk burns, fire or toxic fumes - use soapy water on connections between the appliance and the gas cylinder to check for bubbles – this indicates there’s a gas leak which could ignite causing an explosion. Check the date on your gas cylinders to ensure it has been tested within the past 5-10 years. If it’s older than 10 years call the Inspectorate for advice or simply get a new one.

For more gas safety tips over the holiday period, follow