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Advice from the SA Department of Health

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015


  • Drink plenty of water – avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • spend time in cool places
  • keep out of the sun. If you have to go outside, go in the early morning or late evening and stay in the shade
  • wear light coloured, loose clothing and take a hat to wear outside
  • always use plenty of sunscreen
  • don’t do a lot of exercise outside when it is very hot
  • to help you sleep use a water spray mister on your face and body
  • try to stay inside with a fan or air conditioner on

Babies and young children

  • Babies and young children need watching carefully when it is hot as they can get sick very quickly
  • cars can get dangerously hot – never leave babies, young children or pets alone in a car even if the air conditioning is on
  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should drink more water than usual
  • always wear shoes outside on hot days – the ground can easily burn the feet of babies or young children

Older people

  • Check on older people at least twice every day especially if they live alone
  • make sure older people are using their air conditioning when it is hot – always check the setting is on ‘cool’

People with physical or mental health conditions

  • Keep taking any prescribed medicine every day at the same time as you normally do, even if you feel unwell because of the heat

Your home

  • Keep your home cool by closing curtains, blinds and windows during the day
  • if it is safe, open windows at night to let cool air in
  • wear as little clothing as possible when in your own home to keep cool
  • bacteria can grow very quickly on food in hot weather and make you ill – keep all fresh food in the fridge
  • animals can suffer and even die on very hot days so keep them in the house or make sure they have shade in the garden and always leave them plenty of water

Help is available

If you think you are ill:

  • speak to your local chemist/pharmacist or call your GP
  • older people can register with the Red Cross and a volunteer will call 3 times a day to check if they are ok. Register by calling 1800 188 071
  • if you are very sick, go to your nearest hospital or call 000 for an ambulance

For other practical ideas, visit the SA Health website for more information or contact the Emergency Management Unit.

Did you miss out on the Breamar or Breezair Cash Back in October?

Posted on Friday, November 06, 2015

 

Great news it’s been extended. If you buy a selected model of Breezair or Breamar ducted evaporative system from Gas Works you can claim $200 Cash Back from Seeley International.

Evaporative systems are the economical way to cool a home and Gas Works are the biggest Climate Masters of Seeley International in SA. Gas Works sell and install ducted reverse cycle, high wall spilt and evaporative systems and so they can offer the right climate solution for your home.

They are a trusted SA family business and just like Seeley International so not buying from them is good for you it’s good for SA too.

Don’t miss this great Cash Back deal get into a Gas Works store before it disappears.

Click for details

Keeping your Cool in the Adelaide heat

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015

 

During February, It’s not uncommon for Adelaide to experience periods of extreme heat and a consequent high demand for Airconditioning.

This sudden rise in the use of Air Conditioners can put a lot of demand on the power grid and heightens the chances of a power outage.

During a heatwave, it’s very important to understand the associated risks and to keep an eye out for those who may be especially vulnerable.

For people who don’t have home Air-Conditioning here are a few simple things you can do to help cope.

  • Stay hydrated and have plenty of drinking water available
  • Keep the curtains and blinds drawn from early in the morning
  • Ensure you have a battery operated personal fan in case of power failure
  • Visit an air conditioned shopping mall or library, but be sure to travel in the cool parts of the day
  • Keep in contact with Family, Friends and Neighbours

For other practical ideas, visit the SA Health website for more information or contact the Emergency Management Unit.


Choosing the right Air Conditioner


For some people, the cost of electricity to run their home air-conditioning is concern. It’s important to note that there are many different options to choose from that help to dramatically reduce these costs.

Modern Evaporative air conditioners such as the Braemar Super Cool now incorporate highly sophisticated technology that has dramatically reduced energy usage and made them very affordable to run. This type of air-con is very well suited to Adelaide’s hot yet dry climate. It is also a very healthy option as it continuously blows fresh cool air through the house as opposed to recirculating.

The Gas Works Christmas BBQ guide

Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Before we know it Christmas will soon be here, so it is time to get organised. We love a good Christmas BBQ. It is the perfect way to spend your Christmas afternoon. The adults can enjoy good conversation over a cold beverage while the children play backyard cricket or take their latest and greatest presents for a spin. 

Doing a Christmas BBQ is a great way to keep some of the mess and mayhem out of the house, it will stop the house from being overheated by the oven and eating outside will ensure there is plenty of room for everyone. In order to help you get ready for Christmas, Gas Works have put together a list of our favourite tips, ideas and recipes for hosting the perfect Christmas BBQ.

1. Put the bird on the barbie. Free up oven space and keep the house cool by barbecuing your turkey this Christmas. Try out this delicious recipe for your Christmas turkey or buy a pre-prepared bird and just stick to the cooking method.

Here are more tips for preparing and carving the turkey, to make sure it all goes smoothly.

2. If turkey isn’t your thing then you have a whole BBQ for seafood and other delicious morsels! These are some of our favourite festive recipes;

3. Sides and salads can make a meal so to make sure they are extra special on Christmas day, these will get your taste buds ready;

4. Kick off the meal with a truly special but simple lobster rolls. A twist on the normal lobster fare enjoyed on Christmas day but they will go down a treat.

5. Why not forgo Christmas pudding in place of a dessert that is still festive but compliments the Australian climate, try this Buche de Noel. It is a French dessert but in its Australianised form it is nougat ice-cream. How refreshingly delicious!

6. Now that we have the food organised it is time to think about table decorations. Just because you are having a BBQ doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful table setting. Here are some tips on deciding whether to keep it formal or informal. We personally love this colourful and inviting look, it is more relaxed but overall is makes for a very festive feel.

7. Make it a memorable Christmas with a delicious drink on arrival. We suggest a chilled mulled wine or a classic margarita for the adults and a homemade lemon cordial topped off with fresh mint and plenty of ice for the kids and drivers.

8. Backyard games will help to entertain children and adults alike while the food is being prepared and may even help work some of it off at the end of the meal! It can be as simple as a game of quoits (you can pick up a set for $6 at Kmart) or bocce, all the way through the backyard cricket, but it helps to be prepared and have all the equipment ready before the guests arrive.

9. Prepare in advance. Make sure you do as much as you can leading up to Christmas, as we all know how hectic it can get on the day. Cook as much as you can on Christmas Eve. Clean the BBQ using our great cleaning tips the weekend before. Gather all the table settings and games the night before. What ever you can streamline will ensure you can enjoy the day even more with all your friends and family.

10. If you are in need of a new BBQ before Christmas or perhaps as a Christmas present, you know were to find us! Gas Works has a large range of BBQs for all requirements and as you can see we love a good barbie so we sure do know how to pick the right ones for our customers.

Wishing all our wonderful customers a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Get your BBQ ready for summer

Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Cleaning your BBQ is always a tough and messy task but how fulfilling it is to see that sparkle at the end. The weather is warming up and summer holidays are approaching, so whether you plan to cook up a Christmas feast on your beloved BBQ or love to cook outside whenever you get the chance, now is the time to make it sparkle. We sell BBQs if you are sceptical of how far a good clean will go to improving your BBQ.

BBQ spring clean

Prepare that BBQ for the summer silly season now. Here is the Gas Works step-by-step guide;

Prepare the BBQ

Ensure all food excess food residue is removed from the barbecue plates.

Degrease 

If required, heat the BBQ and leave on high for 5 minutes to burn off some of the excess grease. Leave the BBQ to cool.

Clean your BBQ plates

Half fill a tub with hot water and a little dishwashing liquid. Remove cooking plates one by one and submerge, scrub thoroughly with a bristled brush. Allow the plates to dry thoroughly. 

Finishing touches

Put hot water and a little dishwashing liquid in a bucket. Using a cloth wipe down the exterior of your BBQ. Including the dials, hood, side trays and trolley.

Ready to cook

When replacing the plates on the BBQ coat with oil and heat for 15 minutes to ensure they are seasoned, to prevent food getting stuck while cooking.

General BBQ cleaning tips

  • Clean while warm but not hot.
  • Line your drip tray with aluminium foil to make cleaning easy.
  • Teflon grill sheets can make cleaning a whole lot easier, they come in many different sizes and are perfect to cover your flat BBQ plate. Good for barbecuing for vegetarians and those with food allergies too, to keep the food separate.
  • Place grill plates in the dishwasher after use if they will fit, be sure to re-season before cooking again. To do this spray with oil and heat for 15 minutes.

Long term BBQ maintenance tips

  • Invest in a BBQ cover and use it whenever the BBQ isn’t in use.
  • Give your barbecue a good thorough clean once a year.

Safety checks

Start the summer BBQ season safely with these tips;

  • Ensure your gas bottle is a safe age. Check the date of manufacture stamped on the bottle, if it is any older than 10 years it needs to go.
  • Burners can become blocked while a barbecue isn’t in use. Ensure burners are clear, if they need a clean use a bottle brush to remove any blockages. Re-fit locking pins securely to ensure the burners won’t shift, and check that all burners are lighting properly.

Need a new barbecue?

If your BBQ is beyond saving this season we have a wide range of barbecues to choose from and would be happy to help you pick out the best BBQ for your lifestyle. Get in touch today to talk tongs!

Happy barbecuing this summer from the BBQ lovers at Gas Works!

9 Fair Dinkum Australia Day Recipes

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Australia Day Recipes Image 

January 26th is almost upon us and the weather outlook for the long weekend looks perfect. But now it’s time to figure out what Australia Day Recipes will we be cooking up for our guests. We’ve put together a list of 9 Fair Dinkum Australia Day Recipes you’ll want to eat all year round, and don’t worry  we’ve got you sorted through to dessert!

Australia Day Recipes

Lamb:

Australia day wouldn’t be the same without some tender lamb on your plate. Here are 3 amazing recipes for our 3 favourite cuts. Chops, the rack and the hearty roast.

Rosemary Lamb Chops with Grill Roasted Potatoes

Australia Day Lamb Chop Recipe

This fantastic recipe from Weber lets you use your kettle or conventional BBQ grill to cook these chops and potatoes to perfection. With prep and grilling time totalling around 50 minutes, you’ll have your guest’s mouths watering from the start. Make sure to brush clean the grill grates before putting the potatoes on. Click here for the recipe and cooking instructions.

Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb

Rack of Lamb for Australia Day

When prepared correctly, racks of lamb will not only taste amazing but also look beautiful. This recipe for Mustard Crusted Rock of Lamb is by Emeril Lagasse of The Essence of Emeril (On the Food Network). The recipe also includes fig chutney if you wish to indulge your guests even more! Click here for Emeril’s recipe and directions.

Roast Leg of Lamb

Roast Leg of Lamb Recipe

Lamb Roasts are an Australia Day Recipe staple for many families and with this easy recipe from Myfarelady on allrecipes.com.au you have no reason not to have it on your menu! With only 6 ingredients needed this simple yet succulent roast will definitely leave your guests wanting seconds. Click here for the recipe and directions on allrecipes.com.au.

Prawns:

We’ve all heard the phrase “Put another shrimp on the barbie”. Although it might make some of us cringe when said, we all know how good BBQ prawns taste.

Bronzed Ozzy Prawns

BBQ Prawns Recipe

Tony Iomazzo sent in an amazing recipe to Heat Beads that is an Australia say winner. Tony believes you should keep the shells on when grilling as the shell is loaded with flavour and especially when browned. Check out Tony’s recipe here. If you want to know the best way to peel and devein a prawn look no further.

Salads & Vegetables:

No Australia Day feast can do without mouth-watering salads and vegetables to compliment the hearty meats on show. Here are a few of our fresh picks for Australia Day.

Couscous Salad

Australia Day Couscous Salad

This fresh and healthy couscous salad will be finished within minutes. It is a very tasty side dish that takes just minutes to prepare. Take a look at the recipe and preparation method on food.ninemsn.com.au.

Spring Feta & Lamb Salad

Lamb and Feta Salad Recipe 

You can’t have a salad on Australia Day without infusing some lamb into it! This delicious spring feta and lamb salad recipe from Coles is a delight and with minimal prep and cooking time this makes it a very enticing dish. Check out the recipe here.

BBQ Corn with Chilli, Lime & Herb Butter

BBQ Corn Recipe

BBQ Corn on the cob is one of the best side dishes for complimenting lamb. Not only does it look great on the plate but with chilli, lime and herb butter it also tastes great. If you don’t like a little extra kick, no worries, just take the chilli out of the recipe! Enjoy this recipe from Katie Quinn Davies posted on homes.ninemsn.com.au.

Desserts:

We all know the next two Australia Day Recipe favourites. But this year, why not make them yourselves rather than purchasing them pre-prepared. Go on, have a go!

Lamingtons

Australia Day Lamingtons

This recipe from Donna Hay is a breeze! The best part is definitely the use of icing sugar with the desiccated coconut for that extra sweet flavour! Take a bite out of the recipe here.

Easy Pavlova

Australia day Pavlova Recipe

This traditional Pavlova recipe is definitely a main stay when it comes to the Australia Day menu. With a hard outer shell and soft meringue centre, this amazing dessert will be devoured with conversation at a minimum! This recipe was uploaded to sheknows.com.au by Lauren Parker, find more details here.

So there you have it, some of the most delicious Australia Day Recipes around. Of course we know you’ll have your family traditions so there is no need to cook ALL 9 recipes, but I’m sure there are a 2 or 3 you’d love to add to the menu.

Have any other Australia Day Recipes we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 Article by Nathan Hockley

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