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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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Thinking of Buying a Used Vehicle?

                                                                                              Thinking of Buying a Used Vehicle?


Beware of flood damaged vehicles heading to Ontario. Approximately one million such vehicles damaged by recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma are supposed to be branded salvage and used for parts only. Loopholes will allow some to escape that branding, and may be ultimately exported to parts of Canada, including Ontario. Flood damage essentially fries the electronic  system of the vehicle and also may cause the air bags to malfunction. Follow these tips to protect yourself against unknowingly acquiring a flood damaged vehicle.

Registered car dealers must divulge where the vehicle came from.

Check the vehicle for mould and mildew, rust, grit, and water stains.

Look for debris in the spare tire.

Have the vehicle checked by a reputable mechanic.

Purchase a vehicle history report.

A used vehicle information package is available from the MTO which will help to determine if it is imported.