Check, cap and strap to avoid gas mishaps this festive season
A new gas safety awareness campaign has been launched by the Newman Government, urging holiday makers to “check, cap and strap” their gas cylinders and appliances this festive season.
Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps says the educational campaign aimed to take a new approach to engaging with Queenslanders and involves two new gas safety videos available online and via social media.
Mr Cripps says Queensland Government Petroleum and Gas Inspectors had already investigated 24 incidents involving portable gas cylinders and appliances this year.
“While we have been fortunate to have no deaths in Queensland this year, many of these incidents have resulted in serious burns,” he says.
Mr Cripps says heading to the beach, going camping or just enjoying a barbecue at home are favourite past times for holiday makers in Queensland wishing to take advantage of our great lifestyle in the great outdoors.
“However, it is important that everyone knows how to safely operate, transport and store Liquid Petroleum gas cylinders and portable gas stoves, refrigerators and barbecues.
“In the past, little emphasis was placed on educational campaigns for gas safety. These new videos are designed to help Queenslanders stay gas safe and enjoy their Christmas-New Year season without endangering themselves or others.
“We take the issue seriously, so we are launching this campaign through social media, and are encouraging Queenslanders to watch the videos and share them with their friends, which aligns with our election promise to revitalise frontline services,” he says.
You can avoid incidents completely through these simple steps: check, cap and strap:
1. Check your cylinder and appliances. What is the test date for your gas cylinder and is there any wear or ageing such as corrosion or clogged connectors?
2. Does your cylinder look like it has been damaged? If so, replace it.
3. Check barbecue fittings and hoses for signs of weakness, such as splitting, cracking or fraying.
4. Check for leaks. A good tip is to wipe soapy water on pipes and connections to look for bubbles. If you see a bubble, it is likely there is a leak.
5. Cap your cylinder before storing or transporting it. Disconnect it from any appliances and ensure the gas safety plug is screwed into the cylinder outlet.
6. Strap your cylinder down before transporting. This way it remains upright and doesn’t get accidentally knocked over or bounce around in your car, caravan or boat.
“Remember, portable gas appliances are only meant to be used outdoors and not in confined spaces such as inside tents and caravans. They should also be stored safely.
“While these may sound like basic, common sense rules, it is important we don’t take any chances and work to educate younger people and visitors who may not be as familiar with gas appliances as most Queenslanders are.
“By taking gas safety seriously, we can ensure we spend Christmas and New Year’s with family and friends, and not in the local emergency ward,” he says.