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Government Recall & Safety Alerts | Live Well, Work Well – August 2017 Edition

Government Recall & Safety Alerts | Live Well, Work Well – August 2017 Edition

In this month’s Live Well, Work Well newsletter, we show you how to find recent recall and safety alerts issued by the Government of Canada. As well, tips on how to safely use, store and dispose of household chemicals. Get Recall and Safety Alerts to Ensure Your Health and Well-being The Government of Canada provides access to timely information on safety concerns that could impact the health of the general public. Using the Recalls and Safety Alerts database, Canadians have easy access to a comprehensive list of recalls, advisories and safety alerts. This database includes recalls from Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Transport Canada, and it is incredibly useful in protecting you and your loved ones from faulty products. Users can search the database by keyword or category. The database is segmented by consumer products, vehicles, food…read more →

5 Green Cleaning Tips for Your Home and Cottage

5 Green Cleaning Tips for Your Home and Cottage

Day-to-day tasks like running the dishwasher and doing laundry have an impact on our environment, and many of the cleaning products we use in our homes (like bathroom cleaners, window sprays, and air fresheners) can be harmful to humans, animals, and our ecosystem. When it comes to getting your home or cottage squeaky clean, consider these five tips to help keep your family safe, reduce your ecological footprint, and even lower your energy bill: Go au naturel. Ditch the chemicals (e.g., ammonia and phosphates) and opt for environmentally friendly cleaning products instead. While they may cost a little more, you can purchase chemical-free “green” cleaners in most stores that sell cleaning products. Or, you could use common pantry staples like vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and baking soda to clean up without breaking the bank. Keep it cool. Wash your…read more →

Understanding Renters Insurance

Understanding Renters Insurance

Just because your landlord has coverage doesn’t mean that you do, too. In most cases, your landlord’s insurance policy will only cover structural damage to the building itself. If your apartment were to go up in flames, your landlord’s policy would not reimburse you for your lost possessions. Speak to us today about what’s included in your renters insurance policy! Property protection Renters insurance protects your possessions in case of a covered loss from fire, smoke, lightning, vandalism and theft. It also extends beyond theft or other hazards that occur in your unit, covering property that is stolen from your car, or is lost or damaged anywhere you happen to be. Coverage options There are two personal property coverage options to choose from: replacement cost value or actual cash value. Here’s an example to illustrate the difference: The furniture you…read more →

7 Tips for a Safe Swim

7 Tips for a Safe Swim

Whether you’re headed up to the cottage or planning a pool party, knowing some basic water safety tips can help keep you and your fellow swimmers out of trouble. But water safety is about more than just preventing dangerous situations. Speak to us today about your homeowner’s policy coverage! If someone is swimming on your property and injures themselves, you could find yourself in hot water — so consider these seven tips to keep your guests safe and avoid a liability claim: Keep an eye on the kids. Children should never be left alone in (or near) the pool or lake — even if you run inside to answer the phone or grab a snack, it’s worth bringing the kiddos with you or asking another adult to supervise. For added safety, consider making lifejackets mandatory for younger kids who like…read more →

Planning a Vacation? Don’t Forget to Check These 10 Items Off Your To-Do List!

Planning a Vacation? Don’t Forget to Check These 10 Items Off Your To-Do List!

Don’t let getting away from it all get you down this season. Whether you’re planning a jaunt to a woodsy cabin, a juggernaut road trip or a jump across the pond, being prepared is the key to a stress-free return home. Speak to us today about your homeowner’s policy! Once your bags are packed, be sure to check these pre-vacation to-dos off your list: Leaks happen. You can avoid coming home to water damage caused by a burst pipe or leaky appliance by shutting off your main water valve before you leave. Arrange for someone you trust to check on your home every few days. That means going in and looking around every room on every floor (even the garage). If anything happens, they can take action (and alert you) before further damage occurs. Got a few neighbours you’re fond…read more →

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