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Protect Your Property BEFORE Disaster Strikes

Some simple tips you can use to protect yourself and your property...

TO PREVENT OR MINIMIZE WATER DAMAGE
  • Install a sump pump
  • Where bylaws allow, install backflow valves or plugs for drains, toilets and other sewer connections to prevent water from entering the home
  • Keep floor drains clear of obstruction
  • Elevate furnaces, hot water heaters and electrical panels in the basement on masonry or relocate these objects
  • Store important documents and irreplaceable personal objects where they will not get damaged
  • If you will be away from home for more than three days, arrange to have someone check on your property daily
  • Use a rain barrel to catch water run-off

TO PREVENT OR MINIMIZE WIND DAMAGE
  • Install impact resistant windows and/or storm shutters.
  • Reinforce garage doors.
  • Keep trees and shrubbery well-trimmed.

TO KEEP WATER IN PIPES FROM FREEZING
  • Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves.
  • Keep cabinet doors open during a cold spell to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep your attic floor well insulated.

DON'T FORGET
  • Create an inventory of your possessions and update it at least once a year. Visit www.ibc.ca to create your free home inventory.
  • Buy tenant insurance, if you are a renter.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES