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                                                                                                       Barbecue Season Is In Full Swing: Don’t Go Up In Flames

The joys of outdoor cooking also bring fire and associated risks. Here are some safety reminders for gas and propane barbecues to protect you and your property from harm or damage.
•    Never operate a barbecue in an enclosed space, close to a structure, or near combustibles. Have a one metre radius around it free of obstructions. 
•    Keep your barbecue in tip top shape. Check for hose breakage, valve leaks, and other parts before securing the tank well and turning on the gas. 
•    When in use, never leave the grill unattended, and when finished turn the tank off before the burners so the remaining gas in the lines can burn off. This can help prevent a flash the next time the BBQ is in use.
•    Make sure your fire extinguisher is easily accessible and in good working order. 
Additional Tips
•    Propane companies use an additive to create an unpleasant odour like rotten eggs to make a propane leak easier to detect, so you can shut off supply immediately, stop using the grill, and clear the area.
•    Although the risk of carbon monoxide is low when using a BBQ outdoors, it is not entirely eliminated. Learn to recognize the signs of CO2 poisoning and take appropriate action.
•    Store propane tanks in an upright position, in a spot where they are unlikely to be knocked or bumped to prevent any safety risk.

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Safety First for Newly Licensed Teen Drivers

                                                               Safety First for Newly Licensed Teen Drivers


Most newly licensed teen drivers able to get their own vehicle will be driving a used one. According to The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), used vehicles 10 years old or more may lack important safety features that could save lives. Since teens make up the riskiest driver demographic on the road,  safety is vital.

When selecting a vehicle, stay away from high horsepower vehicles, opt for larger, heavier vehicles, and make sure the vehicle has electronic stability control and the best safety rating possible. Also check the history reports on the vehicle for past claims and any outstanding safety recalls which still need to be completed.

The IIHS has a list of 130 good choices on their website. Three of the best choices are: large vehicle: Volvo S80, 2007 and newer; mid-size: Dodge Avenger 2011-2014; small SUV: Nissan Rogue, 2014 and newer.

Parents are advised to ride with their teens even after they get their licence, to continue to coach their teen due to the teen’s lack of driving experience.