A sunny Labour Weekend is on the cards says the Metservice and we are stoked about that! A long, hot kiwi summer is now upon us and with it brings the promise of twilight cricket, relaxed days at the beach and gatherings around the family barbie!

Summer is all about the good, old fashioned kiwi barbeque.
 
But it can also bring danger.
 
While the first thought many of us have is how to get our barbeque clean after months undercover, the most important thing is to ensure is that it is still safe to use.
 
With this in mind, Black & Stone has launched the Gas Safety Gauge – a simple and inexpensive device that screws directly into the gas cylinder connecting it to the appliance hose and regulator.
 
When the gauge detects a sudden change in pressure or leak, it automatically shuts off the gas – preventing injury to those around it should a major leak occur.
 
Black and Stone Managing Director Graham Brake who manufactures the Kiwi engineered product says there has been 29 fatalities and 411 injuries in New Zealand from LPG cylinder accidents in the past 16 years and this number is increasing annually.
 
Of particular concern to Brake is the sobering 100% increase in the number of injury-causing accidents, and the number of people injured over the last five years compared to previous years.
 
“Gas leaks and fires from domestic appliances are more common than people realise,” says Brake. With so many Kiwis owning a gas barbeque, it’s important to ensure it is safe to use to protect your family.”
 
Brake says barbeques are often exposed to harsh weather conditions when out of use in the cooler months, which means hoses can split and connections can be damaged, increasing the risk of gas related accidents in the home.
 
With a special glow-in-the-dark face, the Gas Safety Gauge  device also enables the amount of gas in the cylinder to be viewed at a glance ensuring that there is always enough gas available for entertaining family and friends!
 
“The Gas Safety Gauge operates on three important levels: it can be used to detect minor leaks, it will automatically shut off if a major leak occurs and it indicates the gas contents in the cylinder, so you’ll never be caught without gas again,” says Brake. The Black and Stone Gas Safety Gauge is also versatile enough to be attached to any appliances where a gas cylinder is used including indoor and outdoor heaters, to prevent dangerous gas accidents throughout the home.
 
“For the cost of a kilo of prawns or a gas refill, you have increased the safety of your barbeque or appliance for years to come.  It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind,” says Brake. The Black and Stone Gas Safety Gauge (RRP $49.99) is available from leading hardware and barbeque retailers nationwide.  For more information visit www.blackandstone.co.nz

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