EDMONTON, March 6, 2015 /CNW/ - As most provinces in Western Canada begin daylight saving time this weekend, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is reminding people about maintenance to do around the house as we turn the clocks forward.
"IBC's top 10 list reminds you of the most important maintenance tasks to tackle around the home as the spring months approach," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific Region, IBC. "Taking a few extra minutes to check these items off of your to-do list could help ensure the safety of you and your family over the coming months."
IBC's top 10 things to do as daylight saving time begins are:
1 Test and maintain your smoke detectors.
- Change batteries at least twice a year.
2. Check your CO detectors.
3. Review your family's emergency plan.
- Ensure that you have a plan that works, and review it with family members to remind them what to do and where to go in case of an emergency.
4. Update your emergency kit.
5. Check your first-aid kit and replace any missing supplies.
6. Have your fuel-burning appliances inspected by a trained professional.
7. Check your chimney and vents.
- Have a professional inspect these to ensure that everything is connected and in good condition and that nothing is blocked.
8. Check your car's tire pressure and fluid levels, and make sure all lights and signals are working.
9. Update your home inventory.
10. Review your home insurance policy.
- If you have questions, contact your insurance representative. For further information, consumers can contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre (1-844-2ASK-IBC).
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.
P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 118,000 Canadians, pays $6.7 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $48 billion.
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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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