Spring ahead with IBC’s Top 10 things to do around the house as daylight saving time begins

Toronto, ON (Mar. 11, 2016) – This weekend, as daylight saving time begins, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is reminding Ontarians of things to do around the house in the lead up to spring.

“As you get ready to move the clocks ahead this weekend, take a few extra minutes to check some important items off your home maintenance to-do list,” said Kim Donaldson, Vice-President, Ontario, IBC. “Using IBC’s top 10 list will help keep you and your family safe over the coming months.”

IBC’s Top 10 things to do as daylight saving time begins

  • Test and maintain your smoke detectors. Change batteries at least twice a year.
  • Check your CO detectors.
  • Review your emergency preparedness plan. Ensure that you have a plan that works, and review it with your family to make sure they know what to do and where to go in case of an emergency.
  • Update your emergency kit.
  • Check your first-aid kit and replace any missing supplies.
  • Have your fuel-burning appliances inspected by a trained professional.
  • Check and clean your chimney and vents. Have a professional inspect them to ensure that everything is connected, clean and in good working condition.
  • Check your car’s tire pressure and fluid levels, and make sure all lights and signals are working.
  • Update your home inventory. In the event of a fire or flood, the inventory will make it easier for you to file a claim.
  • Review your home insurance policy. If you have questions, contact your insurance representative. For further information, contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 118,000 Canadians, pays $6.7 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $48 billion.

For more information, visit IBC online at www.ibc.ca.

SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada