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Are You Insured While Away on Vacation? Tips to Prevent Theft & Fire While You Are Away.

Did you know… ?• Some installed smoke detectors may not be in good operating condition. And many homes are still not equipped with smoke detectors.• Common causes of fire are carelessness or accidents with combustible materials or cooking and heating equipment; malfunctions of electrical equipment; smoking; and mishandling of fire lighting materials.

Fire

Did you know… ?
• Some installed smoke detectors may not be in good operating condition. And many homes are still not equipped with smoke detectors.
• Common causes of fi re are carelessness or accidents with combustible materials or cooking and heating equipment; malfunctions of electrical equipment; smoking; and mishandling of fire lighting materials.

Theft

Did you know… ?
• Most burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or open window.
• Most burglaries occur during the week, in daylight hours.
• Your garage door opener may provide burglars with an easy point of entry to your home. When leaving your car in your driveway, be sure to take your garage door opener with you.

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Preventing Fire While On Vacation

A few simple rules:

  • Remove all combustible and flammable materials from the basement and attic. Flammable materials like thinners, gasoline, paint and industrial cleaners should be properly stored in an approved container and placed in a ventilated location far from any ignition source.
  • Never store propane tanks or canisters (empty or full) indoors.
  • Don’t tempt arsonists by leaving solvents and combustible materials in plain view.
  • To prevent a fi re or power surge caused by lightning, ensure that telephone wires, television cables and other outdoor devices are grounded. If your home is built on an elevated or exposed site, consider having a lightning rod installed.
  • Unplug TV sets, small appliances, computers and other electronics. Some may become excessively hot, which may be dangerous.
  • In the winter, have someone you trust make daily visits to your home to ensure the heating system is working properly.
  • Don’t leave Christmas tree or wreath lights on while you’re away for the holidays.

Prevent Theft While on Vacation

A few simple rules;

  • request that mail deliveries be stopped or re-routed to a different address until you return.
  • Consider light switch timers, especially multiple timers on a random setting. Th ey are inexpensive and make your home appear lived in.
  • Installing a home security system and outdoor motion detectors may deter burglars from targeting your home.
  • Inspect your home before you leave. Put away bicycles and gardening or snow removal equipment, and be sure to lock your shed. Closely trim trees and shrubs to keep your house in plain view.
  • If loading luggage into your car, do so in your garage if possible, so you don’t alert potential thieves you are leaving.
  • Leave curtains and/or blinds as you would normally keep them while at home but be sure to store any jewellery, valuables and important paperwork out of sight or in a home safe or bank safety deposit box. Noticeable changes in your home’s typical appearance may hint that you are away.
  • Don’t announce your vacation plans in casual conversations, in emails or on social networking sites.

Thank you Insurance Bureau of Canada for this information.