Welcome spring with home safety check

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) urges Canadians to not only welcome the coming spring,

  • Mar. 12, 2012 6:00 p.m.

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) urges Canadians to not only welcome the coming spring, but to put home safety at top of the mind this week.

“By getting into the habit of creating a safety checklist for your home twice a year with the time change, you can help protect you and your family from potential dangers,” says Lindsay Olson, Vice President, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and  Manitoba with IBC.

Here is a helpful safety checklist from IBC to consider: Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, once the batteries are replaced, test these safety devices to ensure they work.Prepare or restock an emergency supply kit for your home. Prepare or restock an emergency supply kit for your vehicle. Check home, yard and shed for hazardous materials and carefully discard any that are outdated, no longer used, or in poor condition.

Each year in Canada, fire leads to loss of life and property. Much of this tragedy could have been prevented by simple safety checks like ensuring your smoke detectors are working by replacing dead batteries.

“For many Canadians, their home is the biggest investment they will make. Why not also invest in the safety of your home, especially since it only takes a few dollars and a couple of minutes,” says Olson. About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90 per cent of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 114,000 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $40 billion.