Summer is a time for relaxing, holidays, and long evenings spent with friends and family. It’s a time to come together and there’s no better way to come together than over a backyard BBQ.
You don’t have to be a gasfitter to know that BBQ safety is a priority this summer. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about staying safe around the BBQ this silly season.
Test for Leaks
A gas leak can go from annoying to dangerous very quickly. It’s important to test for leaks at regular intervals. Get into the habit of checking your barbeque every time you’re hosting an event. Simply put some soapy water into a spray bottle, turn on the gas without turning on the BBQ, and spray the valve and hose with the soapy water. You’ll see small bubbles begin to form if there are any leaks.
Remember to use all your senses when you’re working around the BBQ. If something smells funny then that could also indicate a gas leak.
Turn it Off
When you’re finished using the BBQ, turn off the gas at the bottle or the cylinder first. This way, there’s no chance of forgetting to turn the gas off. It also ensures that the rest of the gas in the lines gets used up. You don’t want to store a BBQ filled with excess gas. Finally, this step will ensure that no gas leaks from the burners or the regulator connection.
If you’re ever unsure about a gas problem with your BBQ, always talk to a local gas installation expert.
Take a Peek
Take a look at your hose and regular often. These parts can wear out with time and begin to leak gas and this is the number one cause of BBQ fires.
You want to examine your hose for any cracks, splits or other damage. Inspect the regulator for any damage, paying close attention to the part which screws into the gas cylinder. It should be clean, undamaged, and all the o-rings should still be in place.
Never use your gas BBQ indoors. Always ensure that turn it on outside where there is plenty of fresh air.
Avoid Dangerous Substances
Don’t place any flammable items or liquids near your BBQ. In the case of a leak or fire, anything that can catch alight will worsen the situation.
Stay Safe around Children
Make sure you keep all children safely out of the way of gas and gas bottles. Better yet, if they’re old enough to understand, have a friendly chat with them about Barbeques and BBQ safety. Make sure they understand the risks and danger associated with gas and fires and teach them how to avoid these issues.
Consider Gas Fitting
Have you hired a 45kg LPG bottle or do you have a natural gas connection? You should consider getting a bayonet installed on your deck or in your backyard. This saves you from having to switch to a smaller bottle.
After Professional Advice?
Contact Collin’s Plumbing to find out more to find out more about gas safety this summer. We offer professional plumbing, gas fitting and roofing services tailored to your needs. Call 0800 004 065 or get in touch online.