Take care when using LP Gas cylinders this weekend

25/01/2013

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The Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE) has urged people to take extra care when using gas cylinders over the Australia Day long weekend.

Technical Regulator with DMITRE, Rob Faunt, said Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP Gas), or bottled gas, while safe for use in cooking, can be dangerous if not used correctly.

"Barbecues with family and friends are a great social event but a happy event can turn to tragedy if you don't check all gas connections and refer to the manufacturer's instructions before lighting up," Mr Faunt said.

Mr Faunt urged the public to follow the following safety tips:

  • Always use your gas barbecue in an open, well-ventilated area away from combustible material and with adult supervision.
  • Make sure your barbecue is clean, in good condition and is serviced by a licensed gas fitter at least every two years.
  • Check the gas cylinder for signs of damage and rust. It must not be more than 10 years old. If it is, replace it immediately.
  • If you can hear or smell gas, check the LP gas cylinder valve, regulator and connections. To test for a leak, apply soapy water to the connections. If you see bubbles, there's a leak. Do not use a naked flame to test for leaks.
  • When transporting a gas cylinder, always secure it in an upright position, out of direct sunlight and keep it cool.
  • Make sure your barbecue is certified and labelled by one of the following approved bodies; the Australian Gas Association (AGA), Standards Australia International Global (SAIG), Global Mark or The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).

For more information call the Office of the Technical Regulator on 8226 5518 or visit www.sa.gov.au/energysafe