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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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Too Catastrophic to Insure?

                                                                                                                               Too Catastrophic to Insure ?


Major flood events in Toronto in 2013, and in Calgary in 2014, which cost the insurance industry $1 billion and $1.7 respectively, triggered the provision of Overland Water (flood) coverage  in 2015.


The cost of the recent flood in Abbotsford B.C., where covered by insurance, is $1 billion and counting. However, if the damages occurred in an area designated as being a flood plain, no insurance coverage would be available, because consistent, repeat flooding is predictable and therefore uninsurable.


One in ten homes in Canada is at high risk of flood, and between 6% to 10% of Canadians are “uninsurable” as a result. Currently, a federal task force has been working on a National Flood Insurance Program through the government to provide coverage in situations where it is unavailable through standard insurance markets. A report is due in the spring of 2022.