Safety - Blog

By Staebler Insurance on Dec 10, 2018

By now, most of us are familiar with 2-factor authentication. It’s a simple, but important, security precaution for your most sensitive online accounts such as your email and personal banking information. It’s a safety net that provides you with an additional layer of protection in case your password is stolen or exposed. With 2-factor authentication, if you (or someone else) tries to login to one of your accounts from an unusual location, a text message (or email) will be sent to your...

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By Staebler Insurance on Dec 3, 2018

Whether you just plan on hanging a string of classic white lights over the eaves or have full-on Griswold style ambitions on your mind of transforming your home into a winter wonderland, lighting up the home for the holidays is a lot of fun. Unfortunately, it can also be risky. Every year thousands of people spend the holiday season in pain thanks to light related accidents such as slipping off ladders, back issues from hauling too much, or even electrocution. Here’s what you need...

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By Staebler Insurance on Nov 27, 2018

Waterloo Region road planners have fallen in love with roundabouts! In recent years, roundabouts have gone from being a curiosity you might encounter in some quaint, sleepy neighbourhood 20 minutes out of the way to a regular feature of many main thoroughfares and highly trafficked areas. In cities like Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, there are literally dozens of roundabouts, practically guaranteeing that any trip you take through the area will see you navigating at least a few...

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By Staebler Insurance on Nov 6, 2018

The chilly months of fall might bring the "joys” of raking and cleaning leaves out of the gutter, but there is one upside -- you can finally put the lawn mower away for the season! You might have to shovel the laneway soon, but at least you’re done with the lawn until Spring! But, before you wheel your mower into the shed or garage and say goodbye for the year, take the time to properly treat and prep your mower for storage. It might seem like an inconvenience now, but you’ll be...

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By Staebler Insurance on Oct 29, 2018

It’s the spookiest time of the year! If you have kids, chances are they’re already getting excited not just for candy and spooky movies, but for the chance to dress up and strut their stuff around the neighbourhood! Halloween costumes are a lot of fun, but they can also be dangerous. Whether you’ll be going store bought, or whipping up something home made, keep these points in mind while choosing a costume for your child! Keep it bright This is somewhat obvious advice, but...

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By Staebler Insurance on Oct 22, 2018

As of October 17, 2018, the possession and use of Cannabis has been legalized in Canada. But legalization hasn’t come without a few strings. Similar to alcohol and prescription medicines, the usage of cannabis is still regulated and failure to follow the rules can result in fines and even criminal charges. Here is what you need to know to stay on the right side of Ontario’s new cannabis laws! Who can smoke and where Just like alcohol, cannabis is...

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By Staebler Insurance on Oct 16, 2018

Home insurance is your first line of defense against disaster. It’s a fundamental part of home ownership, and while it may not be mandatory, almost every homeowner recognizes the value of a home insurance policy. What they may not know however, are all of the ways they can accidentally (or not so accidentally) void that policy. So we’ve come up with a few situations that could void your policy and leave you on the hook when you need that coverage the most: Being dishonest when...

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By Staebler Insurance on Oct 9, 2018

When we think about protecting our homes from the elements, we tend to focus on the most extreme events -- hurricanes, blizzards, golf ball sized hail stones crashing into your roof, that sort of thing. While those are certainly scenarios to be concerned about, what is far more likely to cause damage to your home and endanger your safety is the humble Ontario thunderstorm. During the summer and fall months, Ontario sees literally hundreds of thunderstorms each year, any one of...

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By Staebler Insurance on Sep 20, 2018

When considering home security, windows are an obvious weak point. While it is true that these large panes of breakable glass can quickly become a liability when your home is cased by a thief, you don't have to take it lying down! We're going to go over the most common windows targeted by burglars and what you can do to make them less appealing options. Basement Windows Basement windows are a tempting entry point for a thief. They're easy to reach, provide access to a room...

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By Staebler Insurance on Aug 23, 2018

Riding a motorcycle is a liberating experience, but it's also a risky one. With warm summer days, you feel the urge to head out on the highway. But even for experienced riders, it's important to remember the basics. Safety on the road doesn't just help protect your body, it can also help protect your wallet by keeping your insurance rates low. So keep the following tips in mind as you prepare to head out on the open road. The clothes make the rider With nothing...

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