Gas barbecues and associated connections are regularly responsible for fires, injuries and damage to property. Most fires involving barbeques are due to leaking gas bottles, faulty connections or a build-up of grease and fat. It is important to make sure that the barbeque is serviced and maintained correctly and that the condition of all hoses and connections are checked before each use. The barbeque should be clean before use, do not leave food cooking unattended and do not put the barbeque close to combustible materials. For gas barbeques a garden hose or other continuous supply of water nearby should be available.
The Energy Safety’s 3 minute video covers seven steps:
- Safety certification
- General condition
- Good ventilation
- Cylinder test date
- Regulator and hose
- Test for leaks
- Turn off the gas safely
The storage of barbeques and LPG cylinders within buildings could pose a threat to the safety and health of the occupants. Click on this link to view the video How to safety check your gas BBQ
Potential problems include:
- Security of the cylinder
- Explosive atmosphere from escaping gas
- Storage location of the cylinder in cases of emergency situations
LPG is heavier than air and if there is a leak in any gas couplings, fittings or hoses the gas will tend to collect in low points and may remain in an area for some time creating a potential fire or explosive situation (Australian Standard 1596-2014 S2.3 states that, "The use and storage of cylinders of LP Gas indoors, whether full or nominally empty, should be avoided wherever practicable").
At UWA, LPG cylinders for use with BBQ’s are not permitted to be stored in buildings, unless in a specifically ventilated store. Sections (including students, clubs, events, and visitors) wishing to have their own LPG BBQ must adhere to the requirements on this webpage including:
- The information in the video How to safety check your gas BBQ.
- The Standard Operating Procedure SOP - BBQs (below) - affix a copy to the BBQ or storage area for reference.
- The BBQ Information (below).
- Have a nominated person who is tasked to ensure this procedure is followed.
- Include inspection of the BBQ in regular workplace inspections.