Fire Safety

According to Statistics Canada over a 3 year period between 2012 - 2014 there were, on average, 12,271 residential fires per year - that’s over 30 per day!

House fires can result in the loss of loved ones, damage to property and can be a very traumatic experience for those involved.

People facing loss of income - Canada Fire safety is critical, so here are important tips to keep you and your family safe.

  1. Start by preparing a fire escape plan for your family. Outline designated escape routes. Decide on a safe meeting place outside of your home. Review your fire plan periodically.
  2. Install smoke alarms throughout your home. Check them monthly to make sure they're working. If they’re battery operated, put a reminder in your calendar to change the batteries yearly.
  3. Practice fire safety in the home. Store matches and lighters in a safe place, up high and out of the reach of children. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  4. Keep portable fire escape ladders in all upstairs bedrooms, or at key locations in your fire escape route.
  5. Perform an annual inspection of your home for fire hazards, such as overloaded electrical circuits, and light bulbs with greater wattages than a light fixture is rated for. Look for areas where combustible items (like newspapers, cardboard and rags) might be piling up. Note: Keep any combustible items away from all portable space heaters, water heaters, furnaces or other heat sources.
  6. If you have a wood-burning appliance or fireplace, become thoroughly familiar with its safe operation and maintenance, and learn how to burn wood safely.

If a fire happens:

  • Put your fire escape plan into action and evacuate all members of your family.
  • Call 911 immediately.
  • When it is safe to do so, contact your broker to arrange for an adjuster to handle your claim.

Prudent Practices

Canadians need to stay vigilant in the fight against COVID-19. As we continue to see infection rates decline we need to keep healthy best practices top of mind.

Here are Health Canada’s recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 - all Canadians are advised to:

  • stay at home unless you have to go to work talk to your employer about working at home if possible
  • avoid all non-essential trips in your community
  • do not gather in groups
  • limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
  • go outside to exercise but stay close to home
  • if you leave your home, always keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others
    • household contacts (people you live with) do not need to distance from each other unless they are sick or have travelled in the last 14 days

Health & Wellness

It’s the time of year when Canadian’s have greater access to locally produced fruits and vegetables - such as strawberries! Here’s a super simple strawberry banana smoothie recipe. It's pretty light pink, sweet, and creamy, and perfect every day of the year.

Super Simple Smoothie

You need...

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk
    (you choose - nut, soy, dairy)

Blend everything together until smooth. Add more milk if the smoothie is too thick for your preference. Enjoy!

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