Defective equipment leaks more than gas
With the recent bout of warmer-than-usual winter weather, many Australians have fired up their barbeques for the first time since summer.
After neglecting their appliances for the last few months, many grill-masters are likely to get a surprise shock - they've run out of gas.
Some barbeque owners may have left their gas tank nozzles a little loose, allowing gas to gradually empty.
This can pose a major fire hazard and gas bottlers should always be tightly closed after use.
However, some will find that it is their equipment that is at fault, not their memory.
Gas appliances are prone to hose deterioration over time, resulting in a reduction in efficiency and potential safety risks.
Small leaks can occur in hoses, nozzles or connections and cost the homeowner money over time.
The added cost isn't welcome, particularly in winter when gas heaters are being used regularly to heat homes - adding to the price of bills.
People living in houses with gas appliances should conduct regular checks on their equipment.
Handheld gas detectors can be bought for use in and around the home ensuring hazards are identified before they result in property damage.
The added benefit is the potential savings, as gas prices add to the household budget.