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Don't let a dodgy barbecue ruin your Grand Final weekend

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28 Sep 2017
As AFL rivals Richmond and Adelaide prepare to battle it out at the ā€˜Gā€™ this weekend, make sure you are prepared to celebrate the long weekend safely in your backyard.

Grand Final weekend is often the first time Victorians will fire up their barbecue after its winter hibernation.
With a week of sunny weather ahead of us, Victoria's fire agencies are joining forces to encourage anyone planning a Grand Final day barbecue to ensure their LP gas barbecue is in good working order before Saturday’s big clash.
Just yesterday MFB firefighters attended a fire in St Kilda East that was caused by a leaking gas bottle in the back of a car. It’s believed a man had recently purchased the bottle to use over the long weekend.
CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington said we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable long weekend, so we’re asking the community to take a few simple safety precautions before they kick back and relax.
“It’s vital to check that your barbecue’s gas cylinder, hose and connections are working properly,” he said.
“Summer is on its way and we are about to enter the peak period for barbecue-use.
“If the connections on your barbecue are loose, the hose has perished or the cylinder has been damaged you could be putting your loved ones at risk of serious injury or even death.
MFB Assistant Chief Fire Officer Martin Braid said checking your barbecue is quick and easy to do and most barbecue fires could be avoided if a little more care was taken with the use and maintenance of gas barbecues.
"You can check the hose and regulator connections are safe by spraying them with soapy water," he said.
“Bubbles will form if gas is escaping. If you’ve got any doubts about the connections, turn off the gas and replace the connection or contact a licensed gasfitter.”
“You should leak-test the connection to the gas cylinder every time you connect it. And remember, a barbecue should not be left unattended."
To ensure your barbecue is safe:
If a fire occurs, don’t try to extinguish the flames if it is not safe to do so. Call Triple Zero and turn off the gas at the meter or cylinder, but only if you can do so safely.
Check the LP gas cylinder on your barbecue before you turn it on. A cylinder must not be refilled if it hasn’t been tested for more than 10 years or if the cylinder has been damaged.
To have your gas cylinder tested ensure you use a licensed gasfitter
You can exchange LP gas cylinders at a reputable supplier
Check the hose to make sure it has not deteriorated
Check the connections to make sure they are tight and that the O rings are in good condition and have not cracked or split
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
Cook with barbecue utensils and wear an apron to protect yourself from hot fat
Remove excess fat from the barbecue after each use to prevent fires
Do not use barbecues in windy conditions as the burners may blow out, risking a gas leak.

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