Spring into Action - May Long Weekend

    TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - For all those weekend warriors, die-hard campers,
and unabashed lovers of nature, the May 2-4 weekend marks the unofficial
beginning of the 2009 summer season.
    So before we spring into action, whether it's opening up the cottage or
venturing out to your favourite campsite, the Technical Standards and Safety
Authority (TSSA) would like to give you a few pointers for a safe, fun-filled

    At the Cottage and Campsite

    Now that you are planning that great city-escape, take along a few simple
tips - and enjoy the great outdoors. Make safety second nature.


    -  check burners and exhaust systems of all appliances for blockages or
       obstructions such as insects, rodent nests, rust fragments or other
       debris that could lead to dangerous levels of CO;

    -  get your propane or gas-fired appliances such as stoves, refrigerators
       and heaters inspected and/or repaired by a certified technician;

    -  replace batteries in your CO and smoke alarms and test them to ensure
       they are working properly;

    -  clean your barbecue and check for any fuel leaks by applying a 50/50
       solution of water and dish soap; and

    -  keep in mind that barbecues are approved for outdoor use only and
       should not be stored inside any structure.


    -  arrive with enough daylight left for a general safety check, and look
       for broken glass, sharp objects and natural hazards;

    -  ensure open-fires are permitted by local and provincial authorities.
       Clean up the fire pit and cut back any branches or brush that may have
       grown too close; and

    -  use only paper or kindling when starting a fire at your campsite. Be
       sure the fire is in a safe, open area, well away from flammables and
       other natural combustibles. Never leave a fire unattended.

    Portable Heaters

    While you may be tempted to pull out that portable heater, never use
fuel-burning space heaters in any enclosed space such as a camper, tent, car,
home or cottage. Every year, unsuspecting campers and cottagers are seriously
injured - and, in some tragic cases, die - due to carbon monoxide (CO)
poisoning as a result of improper use.
    If one of your last May 2-4 holiday stops happens to be a local LCBO
store, look for TSSA's latest SummerSmart brochure for further safety tips on
cottaging, barbequing, camping and RV use. You can also check it out on our
website - www.safetyinfo.ca. Gain peace of mind, knowing you are protecting
yourself and loved ones - and remember: safety is up to you.

    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, ski lifts, 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 further information:

For further information: Bernadette Celis, Public Education Advisor,
Public Relations and Communications, TSSA, Telephone: 1-877-682-8772, Email:
media@tssa.org; For more information on the Technical Standards and Safety
Authority, please visit www.tssa.org

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