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Birthday BBQ gone wrong

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13 Feb 2017
A 29-year-old man will be spending his birthday in hospital following a barbecue mishap in Macleod this afternoon.

After receiving the brand new barbecue as a present, the resident decided to assemble and fire it up.

He used a piece of paper to light the flame, which he then discarded in the empty packaging.

The box was placed in a bedroom, which quickly caught fire.

Firefighters attended the McNamara Street address about 2.30pm and spotted flames lapping the bedroom window.

They managed to contain the blaze quickly, preventing it from spreading to other rooms of the house.

The occupant was taken to hospital with possible smoke inhalation.

The fire is believed to have caused more than $40,000 worth of damage to the property.

Each year more people die and are injured in house fires than in bushfires. In 2015 there were 1,565 preventable house fires in Melbourne.

BBQ safety tips:

·         Use your BBQ in a clear space. Using a BBQ indoors is illegal.

·         If a fire breaks out, turn the gas off at the meter or cylinder if safe to do so.

·         Check hose connections are tight and O rings aren’t split or cracked.

·         Exchange LPG cylinders at a reputable supplier.

·         Clean BBQs well as a build-up of oils and fats could spark a fire.

·         Avoid using BBQs in windy conditions as burners may blow out, causing a gas leak.

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