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Personal Lines Perspectives: What To Do When Your Vehicle Breaks Down

Personal Lines Perspectives: What To Do When Your Vehicle Breaks Down

Be Prepared No one ever plans to have their car break down, but you can plan ahead to deal with it safely. Read on to learn about some helpful hints to help you remain safe and injury-free should you get stuck on the road. Breakdown Safety Basics If your car breaks down, your safety should be your primary concern. Consider these safety tips: Move your vehicle to a safe area before getting out to check on damage or to make a repair. If you were involved in an accident, signal to the other driver to pull off to a safe spot too. If your vehicle will not move and is not drivable, stay in your vehicle and call for help on your cell phone. Always put on your hazard lights when you pull off to the side of the road…read more →

Safety Focused: Driver Safety After Dark & Winter Tires: Do You Need Them?

Safety Focused: Driver Safety After Dark & Winter Tires: Do You Need Them?

Driver Safety After Dark The approach of autumn brings less daylight, which results in an increase in traffic deaths. In fact, since drivers aren’t used to the decreased visibility, traffic deaths are much more common after the sun goes down than during the daytime—both for drivers and pedestrians. Whether you drive for your job or commute home from work in the evening, it is important to remember the following safety tips: Test your headlights, and turn them on one hour before sunset and one hour after sunrise so other drivers can see you easily. Do not look directly at oncoming headlights. Look toward the right side of the road, following the white line with your eyes. Increase your following distance by four or five seconds to give yourself more response time. If you have vehicle trouble, pull off the road…read more →

Safety Focused: Avoiding Home Improvement Scams, New Car Safety Features & Halloween Safety Tips

Safety Focused: Avoiding Home Improvement Scams, New Car Safety Features & Halloween Safety Tips

In this month’s Safety Focused newsletter we look at ways to avoid home improvement scams, new car features that improve driver safety, and Halloween safety tips. Avoiding Scams When Doing Home Improvements Remodels and other home improvements are an important part of being a property owner. When done correctly, these projects can add value to a home and make it more attractive to future buyers. Unfortunately, hiring a contractor to complete home improvement projects is not always simple. The average homeowner is often unaware of the average cost of materials and labour. What’s more, construction projects can be stressful, and it’s common for individuals to rush when choosing a construction firm just to get a job done faster. As a result, homeowners are an easy target for contractor fraud, which is when a firm performs substandard repairs or offers services…read more →

Safety Focused: Protecting Your Home From Storms, Vehicle Recalls & Outdoor Running Safety

Safety Focused: Protecting Your Home From Storms, Vehicle Recalls & Outdoor Running Safety

This month’s newsletter discusses outdoor running safety, how to protect your home from storms and how to see if your vehicle is subject to a safety recall. 7 Tips for Outdoor Running Safety Running outside is a great way to burn calories, boost your confidence and boost your overall health. However, if you aren’t prepared for a run, you could face risks such as leg injuries, fall hazards, adverse weather and dangerous traffic patterns. Here are seven safety tips to keep in mind before you run outdoors: Wear running shoes that offer adequate support to help avoid severe injuries. Determine your baseline fitness level before you run so you don’t overexert yourself. You can do this by timing how long it takes you to run one kilometre on a flat path, then create a running program based on this time…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 →

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