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 […]

Farm Insurance Coverages to Consider

South Easthope Mutual was originally organized and founded by farmers in 1871. They came together to form the company to mutually protect their property from fire. Everyone shared in the risk. Farms are now considered businesses and have certainly evolved in the last century and a half, as have the insurance products developed for farms. […]

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 […]

Tenant’s Insurance – ‘Why do I need it?’

Every now and again, we hear in the news about fires or broken water pipes affecting apartment buildings and rental units. Tenants can be forced out for a period of time while their unit is being repaired. Sometimes units are completely destroyed, including all of the tenant’s belongings. It may be hard to believe, but […]

‘I’ve had an Auto Accident. What next?’

You’re driving to work and you have to brake for traffic. The driver behind you, (who was following too closely), rams the back of your car. The rear end of your car now has significant damage and you wonder what you should do next. Following are step by step instructions on what you should do […]

History of the Butternut Tree

For nearly 90 years, a butternut tree stood on the site of our new office. The exact location is where our lobby is now located.  The tree grew on the front lawn of the property that belonged to the Matthies family at 76 Woodstock Street South for almost 90 years. South Easthope Mutual purchased the […]

Small Home-Based Business Insurance

Do you have a talent or a passion that you’ve turned into a small business you operate out of your home? Or perhaps you run a small business on the side selling something like kitchen containers or clothing. Maybe you are considering starting one because you’ve always wanted to be your own boss, to earn […]

National Drowning Prevention Week

National Drowning Prevention Week (July 15-21, 2018) brings with it the stark statistics of loss of life. The Lifesaving Society tells us that approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many. The Lifesaving Society has provided tips to promote for this year’s Drowning Prevention Week. ‘Watch me, […]