Autumnwatch - Saving a little time for safety

    TORONTO, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - It happens every fall: trees burst into colour,
the days get colder and we all switch to Daylight Savings Time (DST).
Switching the clock is easy: "spring forward, fall back". But what may not
seem easy is making your home as safe as possible. Technical Standards and
Safety Authority (TSSA) is here to help you be on AutumnWatch this season.
    While you're putting away those summer fashions and fishing for your warm
woollies, there are a few crucial things to consider before that winter chill
blows around the corner.
    Take home heating, for example. Before firing up that furnace - be it
propane, oil or gas - or using the fireplace for the first time, TSSA wants
you to have your fuel-burning devices professionally inspected. Under certain
conditions, all such appliances can leak deadly carbon monoxide (CO).
    "Having a certified heating technician inspect your fuel-burning
appliances is the first line of defence against the silent CO killer," says
TSSA Director of Fuels Safety, John Marshall.
    Here are a few starter tips to getting your fuel-burning appliances
properly inspected:

    -   ask a friend or your fuel supplier for recommendations;
    -   obtain at least three written estimates specifying the work to be
        done, who will do the work, as well as start and completion dates;
    -   determine whether repairs are covered by a warranty;
    -   avoid 'fly-by-nighters', especially people who show up at your door
        offering special deals;
    -   simply ask the heating technician if he or she is certified with
        TSSA. If you're still unsure, call TSSA at 1-877-682-8772 for
        confirmation; and
    -   remember, furnace inspections are your responsibility.

    Now what about all those combustibles in your garage? Store fuels in
approved containers away from heat, and always store propane cylinders
outdoors. If you're transporting cylinders, keep them upright and secured. And
while you may be tempted to BBQ in the cozy confines of your garage during
those chilly days, skip that deadly idea and grill out in the open. CO can
gather in any enclosed area, so be sure of your safety and just flaunt your
culinary flair in the great outdoors.
    And once last thing on DST. When changing your clock, change your
batteries. Your life-saving smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors need a
little saving too.
    For more fall season safety tips, look out for AutumnWatch and Play It
Safe in the Kitchen booklets on TSSA's safety education website - These helpful resources are part of an annual public safety
campaign produced by TSSA and the Ontario Fire Marshal's (OFM) Public Fire
Safety Council, which seeks to reduce risk and prevent incidents on important
safety topics, such as home heating, appliances and cooking, to name a crucial
    Let's make it the safest season ever. Be on AutumnWatch.

    About TSSA

    TSSA is an innovative, self-funded, non-government organization focused
on delivering public safety services. It provides not-for-profit regulatory
safety services in industry sectors such as fuels, amusement devices,
elevating devices, boilers and pressure vessels, operating engineers, ski
lifts, and upholstered and stuffed articles. The organization's vision is to
be the world leader in public safety services.

    For more information on the Technical Standards and Safety Authority,
please visit our website at

For further information:

For further information: Bernadette Celis, Communications Advisor,
Public Education, Telephone: 1-877-682-8772; Email:

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