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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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Do You Tow a Trailer?

In Ontario, there are 12 different license classes. Each one qualifies you to drive a different type of vehicle. The class of license you have must match the type of vehicle you are driving. A “G” license is the most common in Ontario, and allows you to drive any car, van or small truck, or combination of vehicle and towed vehicle up to 11,000 kg, provided the vehicle being towed is not over 4,600 kg.

For people who tow large camper trailers, travel trailers, or 5th Wheel trailers, it is possible to exceed the weight restrictions of a G license. Sales of these types of trailers has increased in the current pandemic times. If your trailer exceeds 4,600 kg, or if the total weight of your tow vehicle and trailer exceeds 11,000 kg, you will be in violation of the G class rules and in effect, will be driving without a license.

Without a valid license, your insurance may be null and void in the event of an accident or claim.

If your tow a vehicle and trailer combination exceeds the weight limit, you should obtain an “A” class license.