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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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Spring Thaw Around the Corner

                                                                                          Spring Thaw Around the Corner


Water damage claims account for at least 40% of all home insurance claims, and the average cost of such claims has risen 117% over the last 10 years. More Canadians invest in creating another living area in their basements; the greater value in belongings in a high risk area of the home has contributed to these increases. Here are some ways to protect such property:

Raise any personal belongings stored in the basement off the floor to prevent potential water damage.

If your basement is unfinished, place valuable items on 2X4s or some other type of clearance.

If your basement is finished, and you’ve experienced flooding, get as many things as you can lifted off the floor or carpet.

If you have a sump pump, make sure it is operating properly, and discharging at least 9 meters from the house foundation, but not running toward someone else’s foundation.

Inspect your basement ceiling(s) for leaks after outside garden hose supply line(s) have been turned on in case of a frozen/burst pipe over the winter. Call a licensed plumber immediately if a leak is detected.