Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) is by far the most popular type of BBQ fuel used in Australia, and for good reason. It’s easy to use, cooks fast, and is generally safe if used correctly. If used incorrectly however, LPG can be extremely dangerous and potentially fatal.
Follow these simple tips to ensure the only thing being cooked when you fire up the BBQ is your food.
- Never transport more than 9kg or two cylinders (whichever is smaller) of LPG in your car at any one time.
- Ensure cylinders are secured in an upright position and if possible, in the boot.
- Do not leave the cylinders in the car, particularly on a hot day.
- Store cylinders upright, outside in a well-ventilated area, out of direct sunlight.
- Store cylinders well away from any potential source of flames, sparks or heat.
- Ensure valves are turned off when not in use.
- Only connect cylinders to BBQs that are certified for use in Australia (look for certification label on BBQ frame).
- Ensure the gas regulator and hose are certified, and tightly connected to the gas cylinder.
- Ensure the valve is turned off before disconnecting the regulator or hose.
- Only use outdoors in a well ventilated area.
- Read and adhere strictly to all manufacturers instructions.
- Check the safety stamp on the collar, neck or foot ring of your gas cylinder; if it is older than ten years, the cylinder needs to be replaced or re-tested.
- Check for gas leakages by spraying soapy water on the connections and hose; the presence of bubbles indicate leakage and the parts need to be repaired or replaced.
Check this short video from The NSW Fire and Rescue for simple tips: