TORONTO, July 11, 2012 /CNW/ - As summer temperatures rise, Insurance
Bureau of Canada (IBC) urges vulnerable Canadians to take precautions
to "FireSmart" their homes.
"As past summers have taught us, wildfire danger will be affecting many
communities this season. Canadians should consider these safety tips to
protect your family and property," says Ralph Palumbo, vice-president,
Ontario with IBC.
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 FireSmart tips:
For more tips on how to FireSmart your home click here:
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 as long as the fire was not started intentionally by the
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
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
114,000 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
To view media releases and information, visit the media section of IBC's
website at www.ibc.ca and for IBC on Twitter follow @insurancebureau.
SOURCE INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA
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