EDMONTON, Nov. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Now that references of snow are more frequent in the weather forecast and temperatures drop, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) offers Western Canadians helpful maintenance tips to protect their homes over the winter season.
"As we have seen over the past few years, severe weather events are on the rise. As a result of such events, homes are increasingly being damaged. By taking some simple steps, you can help protect your biggest investment – your home – and help keep your family safe over the winter months," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC.
IBC's top 10 maintenance tips for winterizing your home are:
- Test and maintain smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Ensure your furnace, wood stove and any other heating sources are in good working condition.
- Have them inspected, maintained and cleaned. During the heating season, clean or replace furnace air filters each month.
- If you go on vacation, even for a few days, leave the heat on and have someone you trust check on your home while you are away.
- Run water through all plumbing fixtures regularly.
- Test plumbing shut-off valves.
- Inspect your attic for frost accumulation, and check your eavestroughs and roof for potential ice dams or icicles.
- Keep your sidewalk and the front stairs of your house clear of snow and ice.
- Keep snow away from gas meters, gas appliance vents, exhaust vents and basement windows.
- Trim branches that are close to your house or electrical wires.
- Prevent freezing of pipes by fitting exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping.
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is pleased to celebrate 50 years as a valuable resource for insurance information. Since 1964, IBC has been working with governments across Canada to make our communities safer, championing issues that directly affect Canadians and the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. IBC is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the 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 $48 billion.
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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