IBC encourages New Brunswickers to avoid frozen pipes during winter storm power outages

HALIFAX, Jan. 27, 2017 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is encouraging New Brunswickers to take precautionary measures to protect their homes form frozen pipes during the power outage currently affecting large parts of that province.

"We encourage homeowners to take steps to avoid frozen pipes by following the advice of New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization," said Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC. "I encourage all residents of New Brunswick to monitor local weather conditions, listen to local authorities, and have a plan in place to keep you, your home, and your family safe. If you have any questions, contact your insurance representative or call IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1 844 2ask-IBC. We're here to help." 

Homeowners should turn off the water mains where they enter the home and use blankets or insulated material to protect valves, inlet pipes, and meters and pumps. Water should be drained from plumbing systems, including hot water tanks, by opening all taps and flushing toilets several times, starting at the top floor of the house. When leaving your home make sure the water mains are shut off.  

For more information, please visit the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization's website.

IBC tips to protect your home when winter weather strikes:

  • Store valuable items in upper floors of your home, away from the basement.
  • Test and maintain smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Ensure your furnace, wood stove and any other heating sources are in good working condition.
  • Anchor interior and exterior fuel tanks to the floor or base with a tank stability bracket. A fuel tank can tip over or float in a flood, causing fuel to spill or catch fire. Make sure vents and fill-line openings are above flood levels. For propane tanks, contact the propane company on best storage methods.
  • Run water through all plumbing fixtures regularly to prevent freezing.
  • Test plumbing shut-off valves to ensure proper functioning.
  • Inspect your attic for frost accumulation, and check your eavestroughs and roof for potential ice dams or icicles.
  • Review your emergency plan with your family.
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit, including being 72 hours without electricity.
  • Prepare a detailed home inventory.
  • Pay attention to local authorities and monitor weather developments regularly.

When severe weather occurs, it is important for consumers to understand their insurance policies and to know what is covered.

Starting the claims process:

  • When safe to do so, assess and document damage.
  • Call your insurance representative and/or company to report damage or losses.
  • Be as detailed as possible when providing information.
  • If you need help getting in touch with your insurer, contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ASK-IBC (1-844-227-5422).

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 120,000 Canadians, pays $9 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.  

For media releases and more information, visit IBC's Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau and @IBC_Atlantic or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1‑844‑2ask-IBC.

If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

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For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact: Andrew McGrath, Manager, Media Relations, IBC, 416-362-2031 ext. 4312, amcgrath@ibc.ca

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