Barbecue safety08 January 2016
A faulty gas barbecue can burn more than just your sausages – on average there is one barbecue fire every day over summer.
Read our brochure on Using your gas barbecue safely.
If you haven’t used your barbecue recently
- check the gas cylinder – a gas cylinder must not be refilled if it has not been tested for over 10 years or if the cylinder has been damaged. Exchange LP Gas cylinders at a reputable supplier to avoid this problem
- check the hose to make sure it has not perished
- check connections to make sure they are tight – get into the habit of doing this regularly
If you have a new barbecue
New barbecues need to be assembled carefully.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and check the connections are tight.
Remember to Look before you cook and make it a regular habit.
Check for gas leaks with soapy water
Check the hose and regulator connections by spraying them with a soapy water solution such as common household detergent.
Bubbles will form if gas is escaping. If in doubt, turn off the gas and contact a licensed gasfitter.
Leak-test the connection to the cylinder every time you connect it – serious leaks are common and can be dangerous.
Get into the habit of doing a soapy water check
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post you a free ESV soapy water bottle to keep near your barbecue.