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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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Are You on Thin Ice?

                                                                                                            Are You on Thin Ice?


Although the calendar still says winter, no ice is without some risk, especially with our wildly fluctuating temperatures. Clear, hard, new ice is the only kind recommended for travel, and it is critical that the ice quality is evaluated before you travel. Here are some recommended minimum ice thicknesses for new, clear, hard ice:

If there is 7 cm (3”) or less, stay off.

Ice fishing, walking or cross country skiing requires at least 10cm (4”).

One snowmobile or ATV type vehicle requires at least 12cm (5”).

A car or small pickup truck requires 20 to 30 cm (8” to 12”).

A medium truck requires 30 to 38 cm (12” to 15”).

Ice fishing, a popular activity, often involves a regular vehicle, snowmobile, or ATV being out on the ice surface. Should the vehicle go through the ice, comprehensive coverage on the vehicle itself is required for insurance to respond to the loss or damage of the vehicle and its extraction from the water.