Safety in Your Sizzle

    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - Spring is in the air - even if Mother Nature
took her own sweet time. And that means it's time to warm things up. Whether
planning a little culinary flair in the backyard or ready to fire it up at the
cottage, your fork and flipper stand ready-at-hand. But before the cookout
capers begin, ask yourself one grill-loving question - do I have the sizzle?
Do I have what it takes to make my get-together a sweet and savoury success?
    Well, sensible and safe barbecuing will make that happen.
    The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) want to put a little
safety in your sizzle with a season opener that includes a three-step safety

    1.  Clean: Use a pipe cleaner or wire to make sure the burner ports and
        the tube leading to the burner (called the "venturi tube") are free
        of rust, dust, dirt, spider webs or other debris.

    2.  Check: Examine the hose leading from the fuel supply to the burners.
        Replace if cracked or damaged.

    3.  Test: Find leaks by applying a 50/50 solution of water and dish soap
        to all fuel and hose connections. If bubbles appear, tighten the
        connections and/or replace the damaged parts and always re-test.

    In addition to such safety checks, our gleeful grillers are reminded that
barbecues are approved for outdoor use only. They emit carbon monoxide, an
odourless, colourless poisonous gas that can lead to serious health affects
even death.
    Propane cylinders must also be safely stored and transported. Do not use
or store your cylinders inside any structure. When transporting the cylinder
always keep it upright and do not put the cylinder in a closed vehicle or in
the trunk. It is preferable to transport the cylinder on the floor of the
passenger compartment.

    Using propane BBQs on the Balcony: Yes or No?

    Many Ontarians live in apartments and condominiums and should be aware of
additional safety issues and restrictions regarding the use of barbecues on
balconies. Barbecue use may be prohibited by the Condominium Act of your
building or prohibited by the building owner or property manager, so ensure
you have determined what restrictions are in place for your building. If
barbecues are permitted, there are still some regulations governing the
storage and use of propane in Ontario on balconies:

    -   the balcony is open (no closures or walls have been erected);

    -   cylinders are transported in a service elevator or when there are no
        service elevators, the person must use the passenger elevator alone
        to transport the cylinder;

    -   cylinders are kept outdoors;

    -   the barbecue is kept clear of all combustible materials in accordance
        with clearances listed on its rating plate or in the certified
        instructions; and

    -   the cylinder relief valve is at least one metre horizontally from any
        building opening below it, and three metres from a building air

    Remember once again - barbecues are only approved for outdoor use. It's
always better to be safe, so if uncertain about the condition or any part of
your barbecue, including your propane cylinder, replace it with a new
component. Parts are readily available at most hardware stores and building
centres. If you are uncomfortable performing safety checks and repairs on your
propane or natural gas barbecue yourself, please contact a certified
fuels-related technician. All technicians must be certified by TSSA. If unsure
whether your contractor is registered, contact TSSA at 1-800-682-8772
    For more information on barbecue safety and several other safety topics,
visit TSSA's safety website at

    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 natural gas, petroleum, propane
fuels and equipment, amusement devices, elevating devices, boilers and
pressure vessels, operating engineers, 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: Dave Lisle, Director, Public Relations and
Communications, TSSA, Telephone: 1-877-682-8772, Email:

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