Keep safe: Daniel Harris, Sam Harris, 3, Zoe Burgh and Brandon Matera fire up an Australia Day barbie.
Keep safe: Daniel Harris, Sam Harris, 3, Zoe Burgh and Brandon Matera fire up an Australia Day barbie. John Gass

Good tips to enjoy an Aussie BBQ

AUSTRALIA Day celebrations could hit a snag if you let down your guard around fire.

Coffs Harbour Fire Station crews are encouraging residents to be careful around barbecues when the big day arrives on Wednesday.

“Simple precautions and a little bit of planning and care will help you avoid accidents and prevent bushfires and property damage,” said station commander Sally Foote.

“When using the barbecue, set it up in an area that has been cleared of vegetation, on a firm, level base sheltered from the wind and away from garden sheds and fences.

“Have a supply of water close by and, if possible, a fire extinguisher as well.”

Ms Foote said you should also:

service and maintain your barbecue correctly – check cylinders for rust or damage and make sure connections are clear and fit properly before lighting;

follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use the correct start up and shut down procedures. After use, make sure the gas cylinder is turned off at the cylinder;

never put flammable liquid on a barbecue;

check total fire ban details before lighting your barbecue;

keep children away from the barbecue and store lighters and matches in a secure place;

if there’s a gas leak, shut off the cylinder immediately and allow any gas to disperse;

after use, make sure the gas is turned off at the cylinder; and

call triple-0 in an emergency.

For more details, contact your local fire station or visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au.



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