At the start of the BBQ season, do this three-step safety check of your BBQ:
Take these steps in the right order when igniting a BBQ:
If there is no igniter button, insert a long match or BBQ lighter through the side burner hole first, then turn on the heat control knob. If the burner does not ignite right away, turn the gas off and wait five minutes, keeping the hood open, before repeating the procedure.
BBQs are approved for outdoor use only. They emit carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas that can lead to unconsciousness and even death. Propane cylinders may not be used or stored inside any structure.
Whether you’re starting a garden in your backyard or getting ready to tackle some outside home renovations, contact your local utility first. You could be over a labyrinth of pipe carrying natural gas, countless electrical lines or even cable TV.
While natural gas is safe - when it’s sealed tight inside that pipe – it possesses a few fiery properties. Composed primarily of methane, natural gas is extremely flammable. If a leak occurs, even though what may seem to be a minor scrape of a pipe from a shovel or backhoe, it can quickly rise (being lighter than air), gather in concentrated areas and, if near a flame or spark, cause a fire or deadly explosion.
Underground natural gas pipelines are designed to keep the gas safely inside. In order to stay that way, there are certain rules for digging.
Even if you happen to cause damage to a buried pipeline that appears to be minor, notify the utility company immediately. Do not attempt to squeeze off the break or control the flow of gas – you could cause an explosion. It is imperative that the utility company, and only those qualified to do so, inspect and repair any damage to the line – for everyone’s safety. If you become aware of such an incident or potential incident, please contact your local utility immediately.
It is imperative that the utility company, and only those qualified to do so, inspect and repair any damage to the line – for everyone’s safety.
Pipeline hits as a whole have steadily decreased year over year in Ontario, thanks to the efforts of TSSA, the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance and various industry stakeholders, but there is still a way to go yet. With your help, we’ll keep the gas flowing – safely in the ground where it belongs. You dig?
Contact your local utility to locate all nearby pipelines Call Before You Dig: Ontario One-Call To arrange for free natural gas pipe location service at your site, call Ontario One. Call at least five working days in advance. 1-800-400-2255.
Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while spending time with family and friends.
Before starting a fire, ensure that open-air fires are permitted at the campsite.
Always make sure children are supervised around the campfire.
Ensure you have a fun and safe experience by following these simple tips:
If you are one of the millions who love to take some of the comforts of home on the road, be aware of the safety guidelines for transporting and using propane to power your interior appliances.
Without adequate venting and fresh air, propane appliances can rapidly produce dangerous levels of CO. Because CO is an invisible, odourless and tasteless gas, it is important to install a CO detector to alert you if a dangerous concentration of CO is present. It is also a good idea to equip your RV with an electronic propane leak alarm.
Gas cylinders, relief valves and regulating equipment must be located either outside the vehicle, or in a compartment that is gas tight (or sealed off) from the interior of the RV. This allows any leaks to flow to the outside air. Also, keep cylinders out of harm’s way. Do not mount cylinders onto the roof or back of the RV. Use the designated spaces for storage and transportation.
Only a registered fuels technician may legally install or remove propane piping, tubing equipment and appliances in any RV. Be sure to look for tested and certified products bearing the Canadian Gas Association (CGA), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) International or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) logos on the rating plate of new appliances.
When it is time to top-up on propane, it is important to shut off all interior burners, pilot lights, appliances and automatic ignition switches. In addition, be sure to shut off the RV motor and have all passengers leave the vehicle during propane refilling.
Whether you’re a seasoned boating veteran or just a beginner, here are a few basic fuel safety tips will increase your chances of a problem-free summer on the water. Use this helpful checklist the next time you refuel your boat: