Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today reminded local residents to ensure there gas barbeques are safe before firing them up for use during the NRL Grand Final this October long weekend.
“I know that many people will be switching on their gas barbeques this long weekend with the NRL Grand Final Panthers vs Souths on in the background and having a great time which is a great Aussie tradition for many local families," Mr Ward said.
“So, to stay safe, we want local residents to ‘know the drill before you grill’.
“Get into the habit of doing a soapy water check. Squirt your gas connection with soapy water to make sure there are no leaks. If no bubbles appear, you are safe to use,” he said.
Follow these simple steps every time you use your barbecue:
What to do if you see bubbles:
“Remember to close the valves on LP Gas cylinders whenever they are not in use, particularly when they are being transported.
“When transporting an LP Gas cylinder, ensure that it is securely restrained in your vehicle – use a sturdy container, such as a milk crate, to keep the cylinder upright and steady. Make sure you have good ventilation in your vehicle.
“Clean your charcoal and gas grills regularly and make sure it is located at least 10 metres away from your house or unit.
“I hope everybody has a relaxing and safe long weekend and enjoys the Grand Final on Sunday night,” Mr Ward said.