EDMONTON, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - With the first day of summer arriving
tomorrow, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) urges vulnerable Albertans
to take precautions to prepare their homes this wildfire season.
"Wildfires are a real threat and present danger to many communities
every summer. The best protection against loss, damage or injury due to
wildfire is prevention. Albertans should prepare now with these simple
safety tips to protect your family and property," says Bill Adams,
Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC.
Severe weather is on the rise across Canada. Events that used to happen every 40 years can now be
expected to happen every six. By 2050, average annual temperatures are
expected to increase by 2-4°C across Alberta. In central regions, the
area burned by wildfires could increase by15% by 2050 according to IBC's Telling the Weather Story research report. Average temperature changes that result in earlier
onset of spring- and summer-like conditions will also lengthen the
wildfire season and increase wildfire risk. This makes it even more
critical to know how you can protect your family and your home in the
event of an emergency.
According to The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource
Development of Alberta, on average, there are over 1500 wildfires with
an estimated 244 000 hectares of land burned every year in Alberta.
Wildfires move fast, can change direction unexpectedly and are often
difficult to contain. The unpredictable nature of such events is what
poses the most significant threat to homeowners and the community at
Are you prepared? Consider these tips:
For more tips on how to FireSmart your home click here: http://youtu.be/af4hPwpruvo
Are you covered?
Talk to your insurance representative to ensure that you have
appropriate home or tenant insurance coverage.
Virtually every home or tenant insurance policy covers damage caused by
fire, even if the fire begins on a neighbouring property.
In certain circumstances, homeowners who are unable to return home as a
result of insured damage are entitled to additional living expenses.
Damage to vehicles from fire or water is usually covered if
comprehensive or all perils automobile insurance coverage has been
purchased. This coverage is not mandatory, so check your policy.
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
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representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its
member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C)
insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over
118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
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SOURCE: INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA
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