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Keep your eye on the ball
You’ve got your snags, scarves and snacks ready for the footy finals this weekend – but have you checked that your barbecue is working safely?
Grand Final weekend is often the first time Victorians will fire up their barbecue after its winter hibernation.
With the AFL and NRL finals this weekend, MFB and CFA are joining forces to encourage anyone planning a barbecue to ensure their LP gas barbecue is in good working order before firing it up.
MFB Acting Chief Officer Paul Stacchino said it is vital to check that your barbecue’s gas cylinder, hose and connections are working properly, before inviting friends and family over for a footy finals party.
“Summer is on its way and we are about to enter the peak period for barbecue-use, but if the connections on your barbecue are loose, the hose has perished or the cylinder has been damaged you could be putting your loved ones at risk of serious injury or even death," Mr Stacchino said.
"Most barbecue fires could have been avoided if a little more care was taken with the use and maintenance of gas barbecues."
CFA State Duty Officer Peter Baker said there were important steps to take if a barbecue caught fire.
"If your barbecue catches fire, don’t try to extinguish the flames because you could burn yourself or those around you, and even make the fire spread further,” he said.
“Call Triple Zero and only if it’s safe, turn off the gas at the cylinder or your meter.”