Safety - Blog

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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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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