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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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Bill 15

Bill 15, an omnibus bill brought forward by the Ontario government, has brought many changes to the rules and regulations governing the Ontario insurance industry. In previous tips, we have outlined changes to the mandatory accident benefits coverage, and other policy changes which will help to fight insurance fraud and stabilize or reduce auto insurance rates.

As part of this bill, there are new rules which tow truck operators must follow:

They will require your permission to tow your vehicle.

Their rates must be publicly posted.

Payment by credit card must be accepted.

An itemized invoice must be presented to you before payment.

Any storage charges must be clearly explained to you.

You must be told exactly where your vehicle is and allowed access to your vehicle and its belongings at no additional charge.