Spring and summer bring warmth and sunshine to winter-weary residents and renews their passion for the outdoors.
From camping to summer getaways, being outside and enjoying the weather with family and friends is a valued national past-time that many embrace at any opportunity.
While taking advantage of the warm weather, it is important to remember a few basic safety tips to help everyone stay and play safe during the coming long weekends and summer season.
Gas grills and barbecues – Make a clean start before firing up a grill for the first time this season. Carefully inspect burners and burner tubes for blockages due to dirt, insects or rust build-up.
To make sure there are no gas leaks, rub a solution of soap and water onto the gas hose and turn on the gas at the tank but not the burners; any leaks will produce bubbles. Tighten fittings and replace any damaged hose or fittings.
Propane cylinders must be inspected and re-qualified every 10 years (a date stamp on the cylinder indicates when it was last qualified). Do not use a rusty or damaged cylinder, and if in doubt, replace the tank.
Boats and cottages – Always wear a personal flotation device and never consume alcohol or intoxicants while operating a boat.
Ensure that certified carbon monoxide and smoke alarms are tested and properly installed outside all sleeping areas of your cabin, cottage or boat.
When opening the cabin, cottage, or rustic retreat for the season, carefully inspect all appliances for damage from rodents or insects.
Ensure boats and cottages are equipped with proper safety equipment in the event of an emergency.
For more information, please visit www.csasafety.com.