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BBQ fires lead to safety reminder

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25 Dec 2014
MFB is warning people to be safe with their festive BBQs after a spate of fires including one where two people were taken to hospital.

A fire today in Richmond left two men with burns to the arms, face and chest after large gas leak from the BBQ resulting in a gas explosion setting fire to the rear of the house and the fence.

MFB Commander Dominic Scarfe said MFB had responded to eight BBQ fires  in the past 24 hours, all of which could have easily have been avoided.

He said making sure a barbecue was  safe and ready to use was quick and easy to do.

“First of all check the hose and regulator connections are safe by spraying them with soapy water,” he said.  “Bubbles will form if gas is escaping. 

“Use your barbecue in a clear space. Never use it indoors or in a confined area and ensure there is adequate clearance from walls, fences, and other property and from ignition sources.

“Remove excess fat from the BBQ to prevent dangerous flare-ups.  Do not use barbecues in windy conditions as the burners may blow out, risking a gas leak.

“And remember to always have a responsible adult attending the BBQ."


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