TORONTO, Dec. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - A winter storm passed across Ontario
overnight and in its path left up to 350,000 people without power,
downed trees and power lines and icy roads.
"When it is safe to do so, it is important to assess and document any
potential damages you need to report to your insurance representative,"
said Ralph Palumbo, Vice-President, Ontario, Insurance Bureau of
Canada. "If you have to go out in the storm be sure to watch for
downed power lines. Report any downed lines to your hydro company."
Some tips for outside your home:
Keep your sidewalk and the front stairs of your house clear of snow and
ice to prevent falls and injuries.
Keep snow and ice clear of gas meters, gas appliance vents, exhaust
vents and basement windows.
Water frozen in pipes can cause your pipes to break at their weakest
point. To prevent freezing, fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves
Trim and remove tree branches that hang close to the house or electrical
If you need to drive, make sure all snow and ice is cleared from your
If you have power outages in your home, Palumbo reminds you not to leave
candles or battery powered heaters unattended and always keep children,
pets and combustible objects at least 3 feet away from them. "Never
use a stove or oven to heat your house. These devices are not designed
to heat the room or home. The misuse could potentially cause injury
through fire or carbon monoxide." He added, "Also in a power outage
inside your home either keep a tap running or turn the taps off and
drain pipes to keep from freezing."
Consumers who have general insurance questions can contact IBC's
Ontario's Consumer Information Centre at 1-800-387-2880.
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SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada
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