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Protect your children from liquid laundry detergent packets
Liquid laundry detergent packets are small and often brightly coloured, and with their squishy texture, children can easily mistake them for candy. These products often contain highly concentrated cleaning products that are dangerous if ingested or if they come into contact with eyes or skin. Similar products, like dishwasher detergent packets, could pose the same risks. Read More...
Keep household cleaners out of sight and reach
What do you use to clean your windows, floors and bathrooms? Chances are good you have a drawer, cabinet or closet full of various household chemicals, including cleaning liquids, powders and polishes. Read More...
Learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher
Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? And as importantly, do you know how to use one? What good is a fire extinguisher if you don't actually know how to use it? Unfortunately, most people don't know how to use them and are unclear about what they should actually be used for. Read More...
Keep your home safe for Halloween
Eerie sounds, spooky lights and jack-o'-lanterns aglow—extra efforts at Halloween will keep visitors coming back for both tricks and treats. However, to keep the fun going, it's important to plan your home's scary set-up with safety in mind. Read More...
Smart House: 5 Thoughtful Design Ideas To Raise Your Home's I.Q.
Do you remember the first time you met that “out of this world” family, the Jetsons? While we may not have flying cars or robot maids just yet, the idea of a “smart home” is very real. Take a step closer to this futuristic way of life with these five thoughtful additions that can go a long way in boosting the intelligence of your home. Read More...
Fall weather means increased concerns about the silent killer
You may know that carbon monoxide (CO) is called the silent killer because humans cannot see, smell or taste it. But do you know what concentration this deadly gas must reach before a CO alarm sounds? Do you know if CO gas is heavier or lighter than air? Read More...
Playing it safe in the play area
Keeping your children's play area both safe and fun can be a difficult balance to reach. Here are a few hints to achieve the perfect kid-friendly play space Read More...
Tips for protecting your home while you're on vacation
The excitement of going on holidays and getting away from the grind starts weeks in advance. With images of lazy days and cold drinks beginning to could your mind, it's important also to think about how to protect your home while you're away. Read More...
How to protect your most valuable asset
Controlling your home from the touch of a smart phone may seem like something from a futuristic science fiction movie or an episode of the Jetson's but in world where technology is constantly shifting and developing, this power is now right at the fingertips of the consumer. Read More...
How to protect your property during a buyer 'open house'
How comfortable would you feel opening your home to a complete stranger? Under normal circumstances, most people would never let strangers roam around their home, but it's a key component of an open house when selling a home. It's important to understand the potential for theft or damage. Read More...
Insurance tips for homebuyers
Summer to-do lists are often filled with road trips, swimming pools, vacation adventures and taking in the great outdoors. However, for many Canadians, the warm-weather season means even bigger plans – such as buying a new home. Read More...
A fire in your dryer is more common than you think
Did you know that laundry room clothes dryers are the cause of around 15,000 house fires across North America every year? It is essential, therefore, to put this hard-working appliance on your springtime to-do list. “The reality is that dryer fires are fairly preventable with proper maintenance and safety precautions,” says Ryan Michel, senior vice president and chief risk officer at Allstate Canada. Read More...
Learn about the new carbon monoxide law
Ontario's new carbon monoxide alarm regulation came into force on October 15, 2014 but had a six-month phase-in period. That compliance period ends on April 15. Here is a recap of the new law and how it might affect you: Read More...
How much would it really cost to replace your home?
Ask any Canadian home-owner to name their biggest investment — their real pride and joy — and most likely they'll say it's their home. It's their sanctuary with the pristine lawn and beautiful garden, the finished basement and renovated kitchen. When such a paradise exists, why would anyone want to risk losing it? But what if disaster struck and your place was severely damaged by fire or some other catastrophe. Are you certain that your insurance policy would cover the rebuilding of your house and the replacement of all the contents? Unfortunately, this answer often comes too late that the homeowner isn't adequately covered. The property insurance experts from Desjardins Insurance have some answers and suggestions to help you. Read More...
The shocking truth about carbon monoxide poisoning in winter
Canadians who use oil space heaters to heat their homes or who barbeque food in their garages are increasing their risk of fatal poisoning from carbon monoxide, according to indoor air health experts at Health Canada. Exposure to carbon monoxide is the leading cause of fatal poisonings in North America and can also be the cause of headaches, nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath within a few short minutes. Read More...
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