SUMMER is barbecue weather, but cooks across the country need to be careful not to get burnt.
Consumer group Choice has reminded people to check their barbecues for gas leaks following a serious house fire in Queensland last month.
Choice media spokesperson Tom Godfrey said it was important to check the whole barbecue and cylinder set up for gas leaks.
"Running a few simple checks can help you avoid a barbecue blow up," he said.
"By ensuring your barbecue is set up and maintained correctly, the only thing you'll have to worry about is not burning your sausages."
The Queensland fire came only a month after Fire and Rescue NSW responded to nine liquefied petroleum gas explosions, some of which caused injury and serious property damage.
Choice advised people to never use a barbecue with the wrong kind of gas, not to barbecue in a confined or indoor space, to ensure there was plenty of clearance around the barbecue, to remove all excess fat after use and to avoid using gas barbecues in heavy winds.
To help ensure your barbecue is in working order
- Check the gas bottle for damage or rust and replace it if any is found
- Check for gas leaks by spraying or brushing the bottle with a soapy water solution. Bubbles will form if gas is escaping
- Check the hose and hose ends on the gas bottle to make sure they haven't perished
- Check connections to make sure they are clean and fit well