Traditionally, grand final final weekend in Victoria is when the barbecues come out for the first time in six months. This year, it's picnic blankets
For the people of Ballarat they've been released from lockdown just in time for the big game on Saturday night, but they're still unable to have visitors to their home. So any footy finals gathering will need to take place outside.
But for those who are looking to grab the portable barbecue for an up to 10-person picnic, or head away for the long weekend somewhere in regional Victoria, the CFA is reminding those people to double check your barbecue safety.
CFA chief officer Jason Heffernan said with no visitors allowed at home, he expects regional Victorians to make the most of the long weekend and head to the great outdoors.
"We can't have visitors in our homes yet, but I know many Victorian families and housemates will be keen to fire up their barbecues for the first time of the season as they make the most of the grand final long weekend," he said.
He said before putting the sausages on the hot plate, it is important to check there is no leaking gas from the lack of use by putting soapy water on the hose to see if it bubbles or not.
"Soap bubbles will appear if gas is escaping. If this occurs, turn off the gas and correct or replace the connections. Contact a licensed gas fitter if you need assistance or have any doubts about the connections," he said.
Forest Fire Management Victoria chief fire officer Chris Hardman also urged caution around campfires.
"With many regional Victorians planning a trip during the long weekend and the remainder of the school holidays, it's critically important campfire safety remains a priority," he said.
"It's crucial the community works with us to prevent bushfires from starting and pays attention to campfire safety - unattended campfires can spread quickly and have devastating impacts on communities and the environment."