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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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Lock It or Lose It

                                                                                                       Lock It or Lose It


The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the Insurance Bureau of Canada have launched a campaign to raise awareness regarding auto theft as part of a joint crime prevention program. A professional can steal your vehicle in just 30 seconds – without the key. A vehicle with an unlocked door or an open window is an easy target. Protect your vehicle from theft. Always roll up your vehicle’s windows, lock the doors and pocket the keys when you park your vehicle. Keep your vehicle registration certificate and proof of insurance on you at all times. Don’t leave these documents in your glove compartment. Park in a well-lit area and never leave valuables in plain view. Put such items in the trunk.

Especially during the Christmas season, valuable objects or packages can be targeted, even if the vehicle itself is not stolen. They are not covered by your auto policy and  your personal property coverage will not apply if they have just been purchased and you have not yet arrived at your residence.

Inform your local police dept., or call the IBC TIPS Line at 1-877-IBC-TIPS, if you see vehicles or vehicle-related activities that look suspicious.

For further information, visit www.ibc./en/Insurance-Crime/Auto-Theft/