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By Staebler Insurance on Dec 11, 2019

The holidays are a time for celebration, family, and rest. Unfortunately, they’re also a time for accidents, injuries, and fire hazards. While you’re enjoying the holiday season, make sure you keep the following hazards and safety tips in mind while you decorate your home. Only you can prevent indoor forest fires The traditional Christmas tree is beautiful, but also presents some unique risks in the home. Pine tree resin is a primary ingredient in turpentine after all, so...

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By Staebler Insurance on Nov 27, 2019

As a general rule I tend to avoid convenience products: Anything that seems to promise a little too much or claim to be a bit too handy I end up sneering at. I don’t know why I’m like this. Was I tragically disappointed in some product from a childhood and can’t trust marketing promises as an adult? Is it my natural thriftiness that keeps me from trying new products? Or is it just good old pure stubbornness? I’ve done it again and again through life. Got some fancy new...

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By Staebler Insurance on Nov 12, 2019

We all know the major do’s and don’ts when it comes to fire safety around the home: Do know where your fire extinguisher is, don’t  leave the stove unattended. Do keep space heaters clear from combustibles, don’t store flammable material inside the home, and so on. Seems pretty simple, right? Well, it might surprise you to learn that there are many common fire risks that homeowners are completely oblivious to! These sneaky hazards are so seemingly benign, fly...

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By Staebler Insurance on Aug 7, 2019

Aging is a funny thing: As children, our parents think of nothing but ways to help keep us safe and protect us. But, as our parents get older, start slowing down, and start dealing with more health complications those roles become reversed. But protecting your parents isn’t like protecting a child. It can be a sensitive topic that requires a lot of empathy and understanding on everyone’s part. The best thing to remember though is the sooner you take steps to help protect your...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jul 23, 2019

There’s a lot to think about when you’re planning a wedding — especially when you’re hosting it yourself. From choosing the right chair rental service to helping your guests find overnight accommodations, your to-do list is likely jam-packed, and the last thing you should be worried about is what might happen if something goes wrong — and whether or not your insurance will cover it. We’ve got the answers to your questions to help make sure your big day goes off without a hitch....

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By Staebler Insurance on Jul 12, 2019

So the day got off to a bad start when your youngest threw up in her breakfast. In the afternoon, you got a call from school and had to pick up your oldest from school. Tonight, your spouse came home and immediately staggered up to the medicine cabinet with a groan. It’s the flu, and it’s spreading . Somehow, you’ve managed to dodge the bullet so far. You’re the last soldier standing, responsible for distributing the Tylenol, chicken soup, and hugs. You can’t afford to get...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jul 2, 2019

As we finally roll into the warmer months, it’s time to get the home into order. After a long winter and cool, rainy spring, you’ll want to make sure everything in your home is ship shape and ready for another year. Reseal the Deck Your poor deck has spent the last few months freezing solid, soaking in melt water, and being pelted by rain. It’s time to give it some love. If you haven’t resealed in a few years, it’s likely that your deck is starting to absorb...

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By Staebler Insurance on May 14, 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, Corona in hand, we’ve compiled a checklist of tasks you absolutely need to do so you can make the most of the first time out. Before you go...

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By Staebler Insurance on Apr 22, 2019

Last May’s windstorms set record high in wind speeds and caused the province more than $380 million in damages . With climatologists predicting more extreme weather events, you need to know what to do to keep your home safe when a windstorm is about to hit. Put everything you can inside In a high wind situation, the line between "charming lawn ornament” and "flying hazard” is slim. If your area is issued a wind advisory or warning, the best thing you can do to...

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By Staebler Insurance on Apr 1, 2019

As we move into spring, homeowners across Ontario are emerging from hibernation and ready to accomplish their springtime tasks. It’s time to fill up the pool, find out what has been nesting in your shed, and perhaps, maybe, actually clean out the garage this year (although let’s not hold our breath!). While your To-Do list might already look overwhelming, we have one small item to add: Check and change your smoke alarms . Spring cleaning is the perfect time to make sure...

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