IBC offers safety tips to protect your home from wildfire risk

WINNIPEG, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - With the first day of summer arriving tomorrow, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) urges vulnerable Manitobans to take precautions to prepare their homes this wildfire season.

"Manitobans know all too well that 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. Manitobans 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. Wildfire occurrence and area burned is expected to increase in Manitoba. By 2050, a 50% increase in area burned by wildfires is expected in the northern regions of Manitoba according to IBC's Telling the Weather Story research report. This makes it even more critical to know how you can protect your family and your home in the event of an emergency.

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 large.

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. Check with your insurer to ensure coverage is in place.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association 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 $46 billion.

To view media releases and other information, visit the media section of IBC's website at www.ibc.ca. Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau or like us on Facebook.

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

SOURCE: INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA

For further information:

To schedule an interview, please contact:

Helen Lialias
Media Relations Officer
Insurance Bureau of Canada
416-362-2031 x 4312
hlialias@ibc.ca

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