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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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Dash Cams and Your Car Insurance

Most insurance companies will accept dash cam video to assist in adjusting accident claims. The video can help prove you weren’t liable and who was at fault in an accident. It can also help protect you against auto fraud – especially staged accidents; for example, someone throwing themselves against the hood of your car and claiming injuries. Estimates suggest as much as 15% of the auto premium you pay is due to fraudulent auto claims. The video can also be useful in determining how your vehicle was damaged while it was parked.

Dash cams range in price from $50 to $500; the higher the price, the more features there  are. They can be installed in the front only, or front and rear. High resolution (1080 pixels), and low light capability for use at night, are recommended. More expensive models have at least 32 GB of memory and a long loop with five minute files to prevent recording over material. The video can be downloaded to a computer or stored in the cloud.