National Drowning Prevention Week 2019

Unfortunately in Canada, we need to have an annual National Drowning Prevention Week bringing attention and focus to drowning prevention. Each year, approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents. One drowning is one too many. The following prevention tips were selected from major drowning risk factors in the 2018 Edition of the Lifesaving Society’s […]

Is your Oil Tank safe?

Oil tank safety is nothing to bury your head in the sand about or hide from. You need to keep your eyes wide open. Many rural residences in our area are heated with fuel oil due to the lack of natural gas connections and a preference to stay away from wood. Unfortunately, fuel oil heat […]

Driving Safely Through Construction Zones

They say there are two seasons in Canada: winter and construction. Well, construction season is here, the ‘signs’ are all around! People can easily become frustrated, annoyed and impatient if they come upon a road construction zone. This could potentially cause their driving to become unsafe. Below are tips provided by Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation […]

Is your cell charger safe?

Many of our lives revolve around the use of our cell phones and other mobile devices. They’re often attached to us and are sometimes right beside us when we sleep. This is where a possible problem and safety issue can arise. Every now and again a story surfaces on social media or in the news […]

Preventing sump pump failures

Spring’s in the air. There’s sun and the temperatures are creeping up on the thermometer. Unfortunately, the snow and ice that’s still around and the inevitable spring showers sometimes bring water claims caused by sump pump failures. Keep reading for some tips to help prevent your sump pump from failing. • Install a Sump Pump […]

Preventing Slips and Falls this Winter

It’s been quite the winter. We’ve seen mild temperatures followed by a deep freeze, ice storms and snow. Basically a typical winter in Canada. The weather extremes leave conditions that can make our properties hazardous for slips and falls. As a property owner, you are responsible for making sure that your property is safe. You […]

12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety

We love the festivities that come along with Christmas. A time to celebrate with family and friends – parties, family, gifts, decorating or perhaps a getaway or holidays. It’s also a time that people can potentially let their guard down and the risk of fire increases. The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs has provided a […]

Distracted Driving Laws Changing Jan. 1, 2019

Do you still text and drive? Or how about pick up your phone to read a message, dial to make a call home or enter a new destination on your GPS? Despite already stiff fines and penalties, collisions and deaths on the road due to distracted driving continue to increase. More is needed to be […]

Woodstove Fire Prevention

It looks like winter’s here and your furnace will be running to keep your home warm. In addition to furnaces for heating, many South Easthope Mutual members have woodstoves  in their homes and shops. Improperly installed and/or poorly maintained woodstoves pose a very significant fire hazard to the buildings where they are installed and your […]

Look. Listen. Learn. – Fire Prevention Week 2018

The second week of October brings us Fire Prevention Week. A time where we are reminded to be aware and extra vigilant about fire safety. This year’s theme is ‘Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere.’ Annually, the Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management provides theme-specific tips that are easy and […]