Fire safety at home


This page contains information about barbecue safety.

Before you cook

Before you use a gas barbecue make sure the service date of the gas cylinder has not expired. 

Check the gas fittings are not perished or damaged and that the connections are secure.

You should also check for leaks by spraying soapy water on the connections. A bubble will form if there is a leak.


Clean your barbecue thoroughly to avoid grease fires. Make sure the grease or drip pan is cleaned regularly.

Where to set up

Do not use a barbecue inside a garage or other enclosed area. This can lead to a build-up of harmful smoke and fumes.

Set up the barbecue on a firm, level base in a well-ventilated area away from other objects that could catch fire.

Using your barbecue

Follow the manufacturers’ recommendations when lighting your barbecue. 

Keep a fire extinguisher, fire blanket or garden hose nearby.

Never leave your barbecue unattended when cooking. Make sure children and pets are at least 2m away at all times.   

Use long-handled barbecue utensils and make sure loose-fitting clothing does not trail over open flames.

Make sure you turn off the gas cylinder when you have finished cooking to ensure gas is used up in the line, then turn off the barbecue.

Remember LPG is flammable. It is heavier than air and may remain in low-lying areas for some time.

If you are using a wood-fired barbecue, never add fuel of any type.

If a fire starts

You should call 000 in an emergency.

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Last updated: 01 March 2016

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