Safety - Blog

By Staebler Insurance on May 22, 2019

It may not feel like it right now but the hot summer temperatures are coming. This video illustrates how quickly a car can heat up  and become a deadly environment for children, pets, and the elderly. Even in 20 short minutes the car's temperature can rise by 15 degrees Celsius. In just an hour it could be in the high 40s! Prevent a tragedy from happening to you or a loved one. First off, don’t think it is ever okay to leave any child, elderly or animal unattended in...

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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 9, 2019

We could soon live in a world where VR goggles are a standard piece of equipment for police officers making roadside stops. But the googles aren’t for them, they’re for testing possibly impaired drivers. As recently seen on Dragon’s Den , the Waterloo-based startup  Guard-Ex is hoping to revolutionize the way police officers test for impaired driving. Their decidedly high-tech solution relies on a set of googles similar to VR sets used in gaming. Only instead of displaying...

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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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By Staebler Insurance on Mar 19, 2019

Is there anything that will leave a pit in your stomach like realizing you left your keys in the car just after you shut the door? The mixture of embarrassment and panic as you suddenly realize your entire day has just been entirely rearranged? The self-directed frustration, furious that you could ever be so silly? Don’t feel so bad, getting locked out can happen to anyone. What matters is how you deal with it. Keep calm and remember these tips to making the best out of a bad...

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By Staebler Insurance on Mar 12, 2019

It’s been a cold and blustery winter, and we may have to wait even longer for warmer weather to arrive. It’s been a season of high winds, record snowfall, and plunging temperatures, it was only a matter of time before something went wrong, and sure enough the power goes out. "Okay, no big deal, I’m sure they’ll have this fixed by lunch” you thought at the time, but now it’s getting dark and the power is still off. The temperature of your living room is starting to get downright...

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By Staebler Insurance on Mar 5, 2019

Do you know what your children are watching on YouTube Kids? Don’t just answer "cartoons” or "Peppa Pig,” what are they really watching? Have you stopped to look at the titles of the videos? Or watched any of the skits being performed? If you’re not actively monitoring your children’s use of the platform, chances are they are seeing something you don’t want them to see. Far from the safe environment of children’s entertainment that it’s supposed to be, YouTube Kids is awash...

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By Staebler Insurance on Feb 5, 2019

Social media is a fantastic way to stay connected to the people in your life. It lets you trade jokes with your friends while waiting in line at the grocery store, talk to a sympathetic ear when you're up at 2:00 a.m., and share exactly what is going on in your life with the people who matter the most. Unfortunately, you're not just sharing with friends and family. When you put things out on social media, there is no telling who is watching. From identity thieves eager to exploit...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jan 24, 2019

With a seemingly never-ending wave of high-profile attacks rocking the tech world for the past two years, none of us can afford to be complacent about cyber crime anymore. But, while many of us understand the threat cyber crime poses, not all of us are sure where to start when addressing it. Well, wonder no longer. The best way to protect yourself from cyber crime is with personal cyber insurance, an emerging type of insurance designed specifically for this modern concern....

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