December 15th 2013 02:12
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Minister for Natural Resources Andrew Cripps said people should always check the safety of portable gas cylinders and appliances for any obvious damage before using them.
“We all love a barbeque, but gas cylinders and portable gas appliances can be very dangerous if not used properly,” Mr Cripps said.
“There have been a number of recent fatalities across Australia from inappropriate use of these portable appliances in confined spaces, as there can a risk of a build-up of deadly carbon monoxide,” he said.
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“My Department has had to investigate a number of gas cylinder explosions which have caused damage to buildings and property, and in some cases have caused severe injuries and even death.”
Mr Cripps said people needed to remember basic gas safety facts, such as portable outdoor gas appliances should only ever be used outdoors.
“Portable gas appliances such as barbeques, camping refrigerators, stoves and heaters must never be operated inside tents, caravans, boats or motor vehicles,” he said.
Mr Cripps also said gas cylinders need to be transported with care.
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“People transporting gas cylinders need to ensure they are secured in an upright position, and that no more than two 9kg cylinders are transported in an enclosed vehicle,” he said.
“You should check that the cylinders must are safely disconnected from appliances before transportation and that a safety plug is screwed into the outlet.”
“Portable gas cylinders and fittings should also be inspected regularly and thoroughly before use.”
“Most gas-related fires occur because people don’t take adequate care in connecting or disconnecting hoses to cylinders or to the appliance.”
"Before use, check for gas leaks by spraying fittings with a soapy water solution especially after disconnecting and reconnecting any cylinders or gas hoses and equipment. Keep a spray bottle with your barbeque - leaks will show up as bubbles.”
This may seem like a hassle but it is all good advice. I am obliged to keep a spray bottle of soapy water to test connections when I do on site catering at the Gold Coast V8’s.
If there are any signs of rust or damage on your gas cylinder, replace it at your local exchange cylinder outlet. Check barbeque fittings and hoses for any signs of fraying, cracking or splitting. New hoses can be purchased for less than ten bucks.
By taking these simple steps you will ensure you and your family enjoy the festive season safely.
More gas safety information is available at: Really Long Link