Celebrate Your Canada Day Safely

TORONTO, June 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Whether you're hosting a backyard BBQ, going on a camping adventure or spending the day with thrilling amusement rides, let's celebrate Canada's birthday the safe way.

The safety experts at Technical Standards and Safety Authority have these top 10 tips to help you do just that:

1. Keep it outdoors. Always grill outside in a well-ventilated area.  Barbecue at least three (3) feet away from the house.
2. Light it right. Make sure the BBQ is on level ground, far from flammable material, with the hood open. Turn the tank's gas release valve on, then the grill controls and step back.
3. Finish with the gas valve.  When done turn the gas valve off first, then the burner controls, so no gas is left in the connecting hose.
4. Put fuel in its place. Store propane and other fuels in a well-ventilated shed or detached garage.  Keep them away from direct sunlight and other heat sources.
5. Be CO savvy. For tent users, never use portable fuel-burning heaters, stoves or BBQs in your tent or any enclosed space.  Doing so will cause deadly carbon monoxide exposure (CO).
6. Alarm Yourself.  For campers, trailers and RVs, ensure that CO, smoke and propane leak alarms are installed and tested.
7. Be fire safe. If open fires are permitted, keep any flammables and other natural combustibles well away. Never leave a fire unattended.
8. Follow the rules.  Ensure you meet height, weight, and/or age requirements and follow the attendant's instructions.
9. Keep your position.  When on a waterslide, never dive, run, stand, kneel, or spin while on the slide.
10. Don't overdo it.  If tired or exhausted, take lots of breaks. Also beat the heat by wearing sunscreen and drinking lots of water.

About TSSA

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is an innovative, not-for-profit, organization dedicated to enhancing public safety. Throughout Ontario, TSSA regulates the safety of amusement devices, boilers and pressure vessels, elevating devices, fuels, operating engineers, ski lifts, and upholstered and stuffed articles. Its range of safety services include public education and consumer information, certification, licensing and registration, engineering design review, inspections, investigations, safety management consultation, and enforcement and prosecution activities. The organization's vision is to be a valued advocate and recognized authority in public safety.

SOURCE Technical Standards and Safety Authority

For further information:

Bernadette Celis, Communications Advisor, Public Education
Public Relations and Communications, TSSA
Telephone: 1-877-682-8772; Email: media@tssa.org

For other useful public safety tips, check out www.safetyinfo.ca.
For more information on the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, please visit www.tssa.org.

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