Campaign puts spotlight on safe gas appliance use

HOLIDAY-MAKERS are being urged to check, cap and strap their gas cylinders and appliances this festive season.

The simple message could save you, a friend or family member from serious injury or even death during the holiday season.

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the awareness campaign was aimed to take a new approach to engaging with Queenslanders and involves two new gas safety videos available online and via social media.

"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," he said.

"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."

Mr Cripps said 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 said.

"We can avoid them completely through these three simple steps: check, cap and strap."


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