Safety - Blog

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 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 Jun 12, 2019

Last week we looked at some of the most common dangers your child may face while playing games online. Today, we’re going to look at the broader picture and identify a few gaming related dangers that occur outside of the game. Part One of our Two Part Series can be read here Dangers outside of the game As surprising as it might be, the most pressing dangers associated with online gaming are actually those that occur outside of the game. These dangers present themselves...

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By Staebler Insurance on Jun 4, 2019

This is Part One of a Two Part Series on the Dangers of Online Gaming   Video games are the single most popular entertainment medium in the world. For parents today, the question isn’t "do your kids play games?” It’s " which games do your kids play?” And as the industry moves towards multiplayer titles, that answer is going to include more and more online games. There are many kinds of online games and it’s impossible to get into how each of them work, but...

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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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