TORONTO, May 18 /CNW/ - Summer is just around the corner, and as our
thoughts turn to backyard barbecues, lazy cottage weekends, camping and
boating trips, CSA International, a leading certification and testing
organization, wants everyone to stay safe while enjoying everything the
sunny weather has to offer. To help keep this spring and summer safe,
check out these quick tips.
Whenever cooking outdoors, whether with a gas or a charcoal grill, a few
basic safety tips are essential.
Gas Grills and Barbecues
Make a clean start. Before firing up the barbecue for the first time this season, carefully
inspect burners and burner tubes for blockages due to dirt, grease,
insects or rust build-up. Clean or replace any blocked parts or have a
certified technician make repairs.
Blowing bubbles. Make sure you have no gas leaks. Rub a 50/50 solution of soap and water
onto the gas hose and turn the gas on. Any leaks will produce bubbles.
Replace any damaged hoses or fittings.
Take a pass on old gas! Propane cylinders must be inspected and requalified every 10 years in
Canada. A date stamp on the cylinder indicates when it was last
qualified. Do not use a rusty or damaged cylinder. If in doubt, have
your tank replaced.
Breathing fire. Keep grills and barbecues away from combustible materials such as
fences, trees, buildings, awnings and carports. Never use a barbecue in
Buy the Certification Flame. When purchasing or installing a gas barbecue, make sure that it carries
the mark of an accredited certification agency such as the CSA
International Certification Flame indicating that it meets applicable
Camping and Boating
Visiting a camp site, cottage or lake? Remember these tips for a safer
Camping Stoves and Lanterns
Don't play with fire. Fuel-burning camping equipment such as stoves, lanterns and outdoor
cookers should only be lighted outdoors and at least 10 feet from
tents, combustible materials and vehicles. Never light a stove or lantern indoors or in a tent or vehicle. Before
use, carefully inspect parts for leaks, blockages or damage.
Free the flame. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, fuel-burning equipment should
only be used in well-ventilated areas.
Hot is not cool. Keep loose, flammable clothing away from open flames and carefully
monitor children and pets around stoves and lanterns. Before packing up
equipment, make sure it is completely turned off and cool to the touch.
Boats and Cottages
Boat smarts. Always wear a personal flotation device and never consume alcohol or
intoxicants while operating a vehicle.
Be alarmed. Ensure that certified carbon monoxide and smoke alarms are tested and
properly installed outside all sleeping areas of your cottage or boat.
Pest check. When opening your cottage for the season, carefully inspect all
appliances for damage from rodents or insects.
Be prepared. Ensure boats and cottages are equipped with proper safety equipment in
the event of an emergency, including first aid kits and fire
For more everyday consumer tips and safety advice, please visit www.csasafetytips.com
About CSA International
CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification
services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of
other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world,
CSA International certification marks appear on billions of products
worldwide. CSA International is a division of CSA Group, which also
includes CSA Standards, a leading solutions based standards
organization, providing standards development, application products,
training and advisory services; and OnSpeX, a provider of consumer
product evaluation, inspection and advisory services for retailers and
manufacturers. For more information, visit
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