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Gas safety outdoors

As Victoria’s safety regulator, ESV’s principal role is to ensure the safe and efficient supply of energy to all Victorians. This includes providing the community with information and resources on the safe use of electricity and gas, including Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Portable outdoor appliances such as gas heaters and barbecues are ideal for use outdoors. They are usually fuelled by LPG as it is easy to transport and may be used in various appliances. It is most commonly used for cooking, heating, water heating, refrigeration and lighting on boats, in caravans, in campervans and when camping.

Outdoor LPG-fuelled appliances present a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning if used in areas with insufficient ventilation, and should never be used inside. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent killer – it is an odourless, colourless gas and it can be fatal or cause serious and long term health conditions.

In this section ESV provides information for consumers and the broader community on the safe use of gas outdoors. Click on the links below to access these pages:

Contact us

If you have any queries in relation to gas safety or our public awareness campaigns, please contact ESV on 03 9203 9700 or by email on