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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...
Transform your home today to stay safe tomorrow
While many can only dream of the day they'll retire, for Baby Boomers, that dream is becoming a reality. But retirement doesn't necessarily mean relocating to a senior community. More and more, adults choose to “age in place,” remaining in their current home, even after retirement. Here are a few ways to add extra convenience today – and ensure a safe home in the future. 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...
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...
How to avoid damaging water infiltration
Water damage can easily turn into a terrible nightmare like this: Melanie Smith of Toronto says she woke up one morning to an inch of water across her basement floor. This catastrophe was not part of her weekend plans, nor were the hours of clean-up and repair that were needed. Many of her treasured possessions could not be replaced. Some of the risks of water infiltration, however, can be prevented. Regular inspection and rigourous maintenance of the roof, gutters and foundation will give you the best protection since problems usually start in those areas. Read More...
Get your property ready for fall with these quick tips
As the days grow shorter, it's time to think about preparing your yard, gutters, windows, roof and heating system for the coming winter. Check these essentials off your list and you will be finished in no time. Read More...
Proper supervision is essential for summer water safety
Spending time in and around water is lots of fun, especially for young children. However, drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for kids under 10 years of age, and children under five are most at risk. 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...
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