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By Staebler Insurance on Jul 19, 2022

Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy the weather with friends and family. While fires can be great for socializing and enjoying the outdoors, they do come with inherent risks. Here we will try to outline the common issues, considerations, and guidelines to help everyone enjoy fires safely this season.   In addition, each city or jurisdiction, has different rules, bylaws, and regulations for backyard fires. Read on to find out the backyard fire rules for Waterloo,...

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By Staebler Insurance on Apr 6, 2022

Special guest blog by Yolande Charest, VP, Finance at Staebler Insurance   It was early spring of 2020 when my sump pump started making a very loud noise and I could smell burning oil. At first I thought it was because the sump pump had been working overtime draining the snow that was melting around the house. I immediately called a plumbing service to come out and take a look at the problem. They determined that the floatation ball on the sump pump was not working...

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By Staebler Insurance on Mar 10, 2022

The pandemic has been a long two years and while many activities and events are re-opening, many are choosing to stay home. If you're still working from home and have the little ones by your side for March Break, look no further for some easy and inexpensive home entertainment options. The 2022 March Break in Ontario is from March 14-18 and the following six ideas prove there are still many things to do at home to keep the kids active and entertained!...

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By Staebler Insurance on May 25, 2021

The European gypsy moth caterpillar, an invasive pest, has seen its population rise in Waterloo Region this summer and residents are wondering what they can do to stop the damage they cause.   The caterpillars feed on leaves (lots and lots of leaves!) and if left untouched can wreak havoc over forests and large leafy trees in private yards. Gypsy moths are attracted to trees such as sugar maple, American beech, and softwoods such as eastern white pine, balsam fir, and...

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By Staebler Insurance on Mar 30, 2021

Early spring in Southern Ontario has begun with some spectacularly warm and sunny days. The melt of snow and ice seemed to come and go without much concern. But as we all know, Canadian "spring” weather is unpredictable: It can quickly turn around and return with a wintery vengeance. It’s not uncommon to see a snowfall or freezing rain hit Waterloo Region in April. In case the winter weather returns, don’t get caught off guard with post-winter woes around your property with...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jul 21, 2020

It has been an outstanding start to summer, with hot and dry weather. It's been a great motivator to get outside and use the backyard barbecue. And with most of us spending more time at home and cooking for ourselves, there are more grills being fired up more often. It should be no surprise that combining fire and propellants to cook food doesn't come without its risks.    To protect your family and home while still enjoying your backyard, outdoor...

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By Staebler Insurance on Mar 24, 2020

With the escalating threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and a State of Emergency declared in Ontario, non-essential businesses are shutting their doors to the public. And many Ontarians are suddenly finding themselves being asked to work from home for the first time in their lives. While this might sound like a nice perk in the middle of all this uncertainty, it isn’t without its downsides either. Here are some tips on how to best prepare yourself and your home during this period of...

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By Staebler Insurance on Mar 11, 2020

With rapidly rising temperatures and rainy pre-spring weather, flood warnings will become more and more frequent. This week the Grand River Conservation Authority issued official warnings for Ayr, New Hamburg, and Drayton near the Conestogo River.   A river, during calmer times. ( Photo from  Pexels ) If you live near rivers it is a good idea to be notified about watches and warnings. You can subscribe to the GRCA alert emails .   In case...

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By Staebler Insurance on Mar 4, 2020

From the Staebler Blog archive: This post originally appeared in May, 2019.   The long wait is finally over: It’s time to open up your getaway property. As the warmer weather settles in, the chores at the cottage or trailer begin. While this always seems like a never-ending and daunting task, opening the cottage for the season is very rewarding.  To make sure you have time to relax on the deck, cold drink in hand, we’ve compiled a checklist of tasks you...

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By Staebler Insurance on Feb 11, 2020

They say nothing gold can stay, and isn't that the truth. While we might be used to keeping an eye on the expiry date for our groceries, or swapping out the batteries on our fire alarms, there are plenty of other common household items that can go bad on you without you realizing it.  Let's take a quick trip through the average home and check out a few of the most likely offenders.   In the closet :  Fire extinguishers : Make a...

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