Many of us enjoy the pleasures of cooking on a gas barbeque. Some of us even spend significant time with food preparation to achieve that perfect steak or lamb chop. But are we distracted by what’s happening on the barbeque grill plate whilst being completely oblivious to the potential dangers below it? Are we aware of the related risks posed by the interaction with a hazardous chemical substance such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)?
These are just a few questions that need to be considered when using LPG.
This chemical substance is highly flammable, produces acrid smoke and irritating fumes. Direct contact with skin can cause cold burns and serious tissue damage. If vapors are inhaled it may cause nausea, dizziness, headaches, drowsiness and other asphyxiant (respiratory) affects. High levels of exposure can lead to loss of consciousness and nervous system issues.
LPG can form an explosive combination with air or other substances if the LPG cylinder or fittings leak.
It is critical that LPG cylinders and fittings are checked regularly. Damaged, rusty or out-of-date gas cylinders can affect the integrity of the gas supply to your barbeque and may result in serious injury or property damage.
These dangers can be avoided by following a few simple safety checks:
- Ensure your barbecue and LPG cylinder has an Australian safety certification
- Only use LPG cylinders in well ventilated areas
- Check condition of LPG cylinder for damage, leaks or rust
- Ensure LPG cylinder is in-date and stamped (must be replaced every 10 years)
- Always have the LPG cylinder in the upright position and appropriately stored in accordance with Australian Standards
- Ensure fittings such as regulator and hose are properly connected
- When not in use, turned off gas supply at both the cylinder and barbecue.
These are just a few tips to ensure that the only thing that gets cooked on your next barbeque is your steak and not you!
- ELGAS. (2013). Material Safety Data Sheet – MSDS for Liquefied Petroleum Gas – LPG. Retrieved from https://www.elgas.com.au/msds-material-safety-data-sheet-lpg-lp-gas 21/08/2015.
- Australian/New Zealand Standard. (2014). The storage and handling of LP Gas (AS/NZS 1596:2014). Retrieved from http://www.saiglobal.com/standards/