Daylight savings and BBQ season is upon us this weekend! Please be careful when firing up the BBQ for the 1st time this year. Below is some safety tips from the 1 News website to help keep you safe this summer. Happy grilling!
Firefighters attend about 75 incidents a year, whether it's an explosion, fire or leak from a BBQ. Source: 1 NEWS
Glenn Menzies of the The New Zealand Fire Service says on average they attend about 75 barbecue-related incidents nationally a year, "where it's either an explosion, fire or leak".
The best way to check for a gas leak, particularly at the start of summer or when connecting a new bottle, is with some soapy water, as Mr Menzies demonstrated for 1 News.
"We're just spraying some water around all the joins just to make sure that they're all secure."
A leak will cause air bubbles to appear in the soap.
Another tip is, if the barbie doesn't light, hold fire before trying again.
"Turn it off again and let the gas dissipate for five minutes or so because otherwise or you'll get a rush of flame and quite often you're caught in the middle of that," Mr Menzies said.
And even when the food is on the grill, it doesn't mean you're out of the woods.
Don't forget the one all important rule when it comes to cooking.
"Whilst you're barbecuing, keep looking while you're cooking because you can get fat fires," Mr Menzies said.
And of course, at the end turn off the gas at the BBQ and the bottle.
The safety tips are timely after a spate of gas bottle explosions in Australia.
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