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Parliament Barbecue Promotes LPG Safety

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Energy Safety Minister, Pansy Wong, took up the tongs and barbequed some bangers at Parliament today to promote LPG appliance safety.

Ms Wong and the LPG Association's executive director, Peter Gilbert, hosted the event to draw attention to the association's cabinet heater safety campaign, which culminated in a five-barbeque giveaway.

"It is fantastic to see the Minister doing her bit to deliver, in a fun way, what is actually a very serious safety message," Mr Gilbert says.

"Unfortunately this winter there were one or two very tragic incidents with cabinet heaters. It is vital as an industry that we make sure the safety messages are both heard and understood by the public."

Every year the LPGA runs public education campaigns to encourage the safe use of cabinet heaters.

Top tips for safe LPG cabinet heater use:

* Test your connections

* Always keep your heater at least 1 metre away from anything that could catch on fire.

* Keep a window open 2cm when you use your LPG heater

* Never use LPG heaters in bathrooms or bedrooms

* Use your nose - if you smell LPG turn the gas off immediately

* Have your heater checked out before winter

Newlands man, Jared Clarke, also had a turn on the barbeque - which he won in the LPGA's safety campaign.

Further LPG safety information is available online at www.lpga.org.nz.

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