Top 5 ways to safer spring and summer barbecuing

As Canadians start embracing the warmer weather, leading home, auto and commercial insurer RSA Canada has released its top five ways to enjoy safer gas and non-gas barbecuing.
RSA Canada has put together a list of the top five things to ensure safer non-gas and gas barbecuing: 
BBQ Safety
  1. Make sure your barbecue is safely away from combustibles before lighting. 
  2. Use charcoal briquettes and charcoal lighter fluids designed for non-gas BBQs. And remember to follow the instructions on the lighter fluid container. Never add additional fluid after igniting your barbecue. 
  3. Keep your grill away from combustibles when cooking – away from the home and not under eaves or awnings.
  4. Before storing your barbecue, dispose of the ashes by soaking them in water and place them in a covered metal container.
  5. Defective parts should only be replaced by a trained professional.
Gas BBQ Safety
  1. Make sure the lid is open to prevent gas build up when lighting the BBQ.
  2. Never ignite the grill with a match or cigarette lighter – only use the built-in electronic igniters or other devices as provided or recommended by the manufacturer. 
  3. Before each use check for leaks by applying soap and water to all connections, hoses and the cylinder head. If bubbles form, you have a leak and must tighten the connections or replace the defective part. 
  4. When storing, make sure the tank and the grill are both turned off. 
  5. Never store a gas grill indoors with the tank attached.


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About RSA
With a 300 year heritage, RSA is one of the world’s leading multinational quoted insurance groups. RSA has major operations in the UK, Scandinavia, Canada, Ireland, the Middle East and Latin America and has the capability to write business in around 140 countries. Focusing on general insurance, RSA has more than 19,000 employees and, in 2014, its net written premiums were £7.5 billion.  

About RSA Canada
The RSA Canada group of companies includes Roins Financial Services Limited, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, Quebec Assurance Company, Johnson Inc., Unifund Assurance Company, Western Assurance Company, Ascentus Insurance Ltd., Canadian Northern Shield Insurance Company and RSA Travel Insurance Inc. (collectively, “RSA Canada”) and is part of RSA Insurance Group Plc. RSA Canada employs approximately 3,600 people and is primarily represented by a large network of brokers across the country. In 2013, the Canadian Group wrote $3bn in direct premiums.