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Seasonal Safety Tips

Spring/Summer

Pools

Drowning is a leading cause of injury and death of children in Canada. Multiple steps can be taken to help prevent these types of accidents.

  • Supervise children when they are in or around the pool.
  • Enclose the pool on all four sides.
  • Enforce the use of life jackets on young children, or even older children that aren’t strong swimmers.
  • Install a self-closing gate.

Bonfires/Brush Fires/Campfires

Bonfires and Brush Fires can get out of hand quickly and have the possibility of causing damage to your home and property or others nearby. There are multiple preventative measures that can be implemented to reduce the risk of a loss occurring.

  • While a fire ban is in place do not have a bonfire or brush fire.
  • Bonfires should be in a proper fire pit.
  • Pit should be a minimum of 25 feet away from buildings and combustibles.
  • Fires need to be supervised at all times

Fall/Winter

Downspout & Eavestrough Cleaning

Cleaning your eavestroughs a few times throughout the year is an important task to prevent water damage to your home. The number of times this is needed to be done in a year will vary from home to home depending on the surroundings of your house. For example, if your house is surrounded by trees the eavestroughs and downspouts will likely have more leaves and other debris built up to create a blockage.

Roof/Shingles

Installing a new roof or shingles on your house is an important measure for loss prevention. Damaged and old shingles increase the risk of water seeping into your house. It is important to repair or replace your roof when the following has occurred to your roof:

  • Worn out shingles – All the granules have fallen off
  • Ripped or have holes
  • When they are causing leaks in your house

Shoveling

Make sure to keep all walkways and driveways you are responsible for clear. It makes life simpler and safer for anyone using these areas.

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