Fire Rescue Victoria responded to an incident at the Geelong Waterfront just before 3:15pm this afternoon following a call to Triple Zero (000) reporting a barbecue fire.
Crews arrived on scene to manage the fire and support Ambulance Victoria with a patient who suffered severe burns to their body after a portable barbecue and its loose connections caught fire.
FRV firefighters managed the fire and assisted with patient care, with the scene being declared safe in 30 minutes. As many Victorians enjoy the summer weather outdoors, we urge households, holiday makers and campers to stay safe around barbecues.
FRV firefighters attend dozens of preventable barbecue fires every year.
Remember that portable and fixed barbecues should be checked to ensure they are fit for purpose.
Ensure that you check for leaks in fittings and hoses by using soapy water and examining them for holes, wear and tear. Bubbles will form if gas is escaping. If you have any doubts, do not use the barbecue. Turn off the gas and replace the connection or contact a licensed gasfitter.
Always have an adult in attendance with water available for firefighting.
Read more about FRV’s summer safety barbecue tips on our website:
Reviewed 26 December 2022