Australia Day Barbeque Safety Tips


So January 26 is Australia Day, the annual event which commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788.

It’s an official public holiday throughout the country, and outdoor concerts, festivals and firework displays take place on this day, which is smack bang in the middle of summer.

This year, Australia Day falls on a Saturday, so it’s almost guaranteed that most people will have a few friends over to ‘throw a few shrimps on the barby’ in true Aussie style!


Here are some top tips on how to be barbeque safe this public holiday:

1)      Make sure the barbeque is at least one metre away from any objects, including the house and shrubs.


2)      Never use a match to check for naked flames, and always follow the appliance instructions regarding leak checks.


3)      Make sure that children are aware of how close they can come to the barbeque as well as tools to stop anyone getting burnt or hurt.


4)      Never bring a barbeque indoors, even if it rains. This is a potential fire and carbon monoxide hazard.


5)      Always make sure a ventilator is close by.


For those of you who are all 'barbequed out', Sydney has lots of events on offer instead.

There are boat cruises from Circular Quay, as well as a harbour concert featuring Aussie singing sensation Jessica Mauboy. Hyde Park will transform into a ‘Summer Playground’, as kid’s group The Wiggles will be taking to the stage to perform.


In Sydney’s CBD, Supercar d’Elegance will display vintage cars, and don’t miss the night time fireworks in Darling Harbour!