Home safety tips to ensure a happy holiday season

Toronto, ON (Dec. 18, 2014) – Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is offering its top 10 safety tips to Canadians this holiday season.

“While the holiday season is fun, it’s important to keep your home safe for you and your loved ones. We encourage you to review the tips below and share them with your friends and family,” said Ralph Palumbo, Vice-President, Ontario, IBC.

IBC’s top 10 home safety tips :

  1. Test and maintain smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  2. Keep all fresh trees and plants watered. This will prevent drying, which, can be a fire hazard.
  3. Test and maintain your smoke and CO detectors.
  4. Keep your walkway and the front stairs clear of snow and ice. This will help make sure holiday visitors don’t slip and fall.
  5. Create or review a family emergency plan.
  6. Update your emergency kit.
  7. Check your first-aid kit and replace missing supplies.
  8. Update your home inventory. This is especially important if you receive expensive or meaningful gifts this holiday season
  9. Review your insurance policy. If you have questions, contact your insurance representative. For further information, consumers can contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre.
  10. If you go on vacation, even for a few days, leave the heat on – at an energy-saving setting – and have someone you trust check on your home while you are away.
  11. Regularly run water through all your plumbing fixtures.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Since 1964, IBC has been working with governments across Canada to make our communities safer, championing issues that directly affect Canadians and the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. IBC is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, car and business insurers.

SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada