Gas barbecue grilling safety guidelines

Safe storage of your gas bottle

  • Gas bottles should never be stored indoors – it’s best to store them outdoors in a well-ventilated space
  • If you store your barbecue or patio heater indoors when not in use, you should always detach the gas bottle first and store it separately outdoors
  • Gas bottles should always be stored upright

Where to place your barbecue for use

  • Adequate ventilation is essential when using a barbecue to allow the gas to burn and burnt gases to dissipate
  • Barbecues should never be used near flammable objects
  • Barbecues should NEVER be used indoors because of the risk of toxic fumes, smoke or fire
  • Children should be kept safely away from barbecues and gas bottles

Checking your LPG gas barbecue

  • The leading cause of barbecue fires (at over 60%) is equipment failure, leaks or breaks
  • Use the correct type of hose
  • Do not make temporary connections
  • Keep hose gently curved to prevent kinks and damage
  • Cracked or damaged hoses and / or gas regulators should be replaced before use
  • Check hoses to make sure they have not perished by brushing or spraying on soapy water and checking for bubbles
  • Check hoses for blockages, such as spiders, which might have nested inside during winter
  • Check connections to make sure that they are clean and fitting snugly
  • Operating your barbecue gas bottle
  • Always read the barbecue manufacturer’s operating instructions
  • Keep the gas bottle upright and on a stable base
  • When you have finished using your barbecue, turn off the gas bottle first and then at the barbecue controls
  • Always turn off the gas bottle valve when you’re not using your barbecue
  • Remember, adequate ventilation is essential
  • Be sure to shut off the bottle valve before disconnecting the bottle from the barbecue, even if you think the bottle is empty
  • A safety valve is fitted to the vapour space to allow automatic relief of any excess pressure due to overfilling, or in the event of a fire
  • Never tamper with the safety valve or other gas bottle fittings
  • Do not use undue force to open or close the main cylinder valve. If in doubt, consult the supplier

Emergency procedures – barbecue gas bottles

  • If any leakage from the valve of a small cylinder is detected or suspected, move the cylinder to a safe location at least 20 metres from any possible source of ignition
  • Keep flames and sparks away
  • Check valve is turned off and hose with water
  • If it is not possible to stop the leak, keep the leak uppermost so that only gas and not liquid escapes
  • Keep hands and face clear of any escaping liquid
  • In an emergency dial 997 for Fire Brigade or 999 for Police