We are pleased to announce that the Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia (IBANS) has elected Cathie Robski as President. Cathie has been a dedicated member of IBANS Board of Directors since 2011 and has served on various committees at both the provincial and national level. Cathie is passionate about continuing education to ensure there is a professional workforce of insurance brokers to assist consumers in making informed decisions.
From dorm rooms to driving, it's important for university students going back to school to be protected. Most parents want to know if they need tenant insurance for their children when they move away to attend university. Tenant Insurance is important to protect the student's valuables like laptops and televisions in dorm rooms or apartments, but most importantly liability coverage should be considered. It is important to protect your family in case of accidental damage to a building or other residents belongings. Check out this interview our insurance specialist Scott Conrad did with CTV Atlantic News for some helpful tips and to know the questions to ask your insurance broker to ensure you are covered.
#ItCanWait campaign isn’t sugar-coating the harsh realities associated with the consequences of distracted driving. Texting while driving is just as dangerous as drinking and driving and the message is still not being understood. Hopefully, this video can help.
Preventing costly and inconvenient leaky roofs and flooded basements is important for every homeowner. Follow these tips to reduce the chances of damage to your home, inside and out.
1. Make sure eavestroughs are clear of debris. Ensure that water can drain properly by regularly clearing out leaves and other debris that builds up over time.
2. Check that downspouts are directing water away from your home. Install extensions and splash pads that will direct water at least 2 meters from your home.
3. The roof is one of the most important elements of your home, and having it work properly is essential to preventing costly damage. A general rule of thumb is to replace your roof every 15-20 years. Performing maintenance on shingles when needed will also help prevent costly leaks.
4. Monitor your home for the tell-tale signs of water damage to make sure problems are resolved before significant damage occurs. Signs of damage include water stains, cracks, mould and mildew, or damp and musty smells.
5. Have someone come in and check on your home if you plan to be away for a few days. Ask them to check for water damage in the basement and around the ceilings.
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March is Fraud Awareness Month, a month dedicated to preventing consumers from becoming victims of fraud. There are many types of fraud that occur each and every day in Canada. It can affect businesses, organizations and individuals. This year, the focus of Fraud Awareness Month is online safety.
It’s important to be proactive about keeping your personal and financial information safe. Follow these tips to ensure your information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Change your passwords regularly and avoid using passwords that can be easily guessed, such as birthdays, addresses, or phone numbers. Be sure not to reuse passwords across multiple accounts, especially for your accounts with financial institutions.
Install anti-virus and anti-spyware tools purchased from trusted sources, and ensure your computer programs and browser is up to date with the latest software.
Avoid downloading free programs or files from untrusted sources, such as from spam e-mails, pop-ups, or untrusted websites.
Do not click the ‘unsubscribe’ links on unsolicited email from spammers. Doing so will only ensure you are kept on fraudsters' contact lists. Instead of opening the email, simply delete it.
Replace paper financial statements with electronic versions when possible. Be sure to regularly monitor statements to ensure all purchases made are legitimate.
Be cautious when using public computers and only use online banking on a computer you know to be secure and protected. Join Wi-Fi accounts that are set up by trusted sources, such as airports, hotels, and coffee shops. Always confirm with staff to sure you are connecting to their own wireless network.
Look for the two hallmarks of a secure and encrypted website: a ‘padlock’ icon at the top of your browser screen and ‘https’ in the URL bar. These ensure a website has a safe and secure connection for conducting online banking or shopping.
Be suspicious of any email from a financial institution that requests your personal information. Never send any personal or financial information over email.
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Draw will take place Monday, February 15th. Keep checking Facebook for updates and to find out if you’re a winner!
Taking time to prepare your home for the Nova Scotia winter ahead will help ensure you avoid costly damages that can come from low temperatures, heavy snowfalls, and high winds. By having home insurance and performing these simple maintenance tips, you’ll be better able to ensure that Old Man Winter stays out and you and your family stay safe and toasty warm inside your home.
1. Yard Clean-UpTrim back any dead branches that could break off under the weight of snow and ice. These can damage your home or injure someone if they fall. Clear your gutters of leaves and other debris to make sure melted snow can drain properly. Ensure that water can flow freely through the downspouts and that they are directed away from the foundation of your home to avoid damage.
2. Organize Your GarageJust as you would conduct a spring cleaning, consider scheduling a traditional 'fall cleaning' of your garage. Sort through the remains of summer projects and clean and store away gardening tools. Things like the lawn-mower, rakes and summer toys can be put away, and any winter necessities like shovels, snow blowers, skis and snowshoes can be brought to the front. Set out salt and gravel containers, and you'll thank yourself the first time the ice hits.
3. Cover Up Exposed Water PipesNothing makes water pipes more vulnerable to damage quite like freezing temperatures do. Make sure your pipes are prepared to withstand the cold by fitting bare piping with insulation sleeves. Exposed pipes can be found in garages, crawl spaces, and attics. Be sure to take extra precautions (such as shutting off your water), if you are going to be leaving your home for an extended period of time.
4. Schedule Maintenance for Your Heating SystemWhether you have a heat pump, furnace, boiler or a wood stove, don’t wait for the temperature to drop to discover your system needs repairs. Now is the time to schedule a furnace inspection to ensure everything is working properly throughout the cold winter months.
5. Check Insulation and Seal WindowsTake time to inspect and upgrade insulation and weather stripping. Attics tend to have the least insulation, making them more susceptible to damage from low temperatures. Check for signs of moisture or wetness and replace insulation where needed. To further protect your home, consider sealing the windows to keep the warmth in and lower your energy bills, as even double and triple paned glass can let a draft in. Purchase a film sealing kit and caulk the cracks and apply the plastic film around the inside of each window.
6. Prepare the FireplaceIf your home has a fireplace, now is the time to get it ready for winter use. Inspect the outside of the chimney for cracks or gaps in the bricks. Use a flashlight and check the inside for signs of animal infestation or cracked bricks. Consider having your chimney checked and serviced by a licensed contractor to ensure a fire can be safely lit in the fireplace.
7. Check the Fire AlarmFires in the home occur most frequently in the winter time. Be sure to replace the alarms every 10 years and replace batteries regularly. Remember that you need working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas.
We are pleased to share some exciting news with you! We have updated our brand with a new look and feel to reflect our dynamic and modern approach to servicing the people of Nova Scotia. Effective October 1st 2015 we will be known as Current Maritime Insurance. Everything other than our new look will remain the same, including our quality of service, fully licensed and experienced staff, and our excellent selection of insurance providers. We look forward to continuing to serve all of your insurance needs!
Travelling in the family vehicle for extended periods of time can test the patience and attention of even the most experienced drivers. These distractions may not only cause you to get a ticket, but they could cause you to be involved in an accident on the road. Below are 5 tips to avoid distractions while driving.
Do your multi-tasking outside the car.
Everyone spends a lot of time in their vehicles, and it may seem like the perfect time to get little things done: calling friends, searching for music, or programming a GPS. Instead, get everything settled before you start driving, so you can focus on the road and the drivers around you.
Do not use your cell phone while driving.
While you're driving, a cell phone should only be used for emergency purposes. Even then, it's best to pull over safely to the shoulder to make a call. Make a habit of thinking about what calls or texts you need to send, or what information you might need during your trip ahead of time. For example, program your GPS at the outset, and make any necessary calls or texts before setting out.
Make sure children and pets are secured in their seats.
It is extremely important to take care of your child’s car seat and seat belt before the car begins moving. Pets should also be securely fastened for their safety, and so that they can’t distract you while you’re behind the wheel. Prepare children with everything they need prior to driving, as reaching into the backseat can cause you to lose control of the vehicle. If they need your attention during your trip, pull off the road safely to care for them.
Avoid eating while driving.
Food spills are a major cause of distraction while driving. Finishing your breakfast on the way to work may seem like a time-saver, but it means at least one of your hands is occupied and you are less attentive to the drivers around you. Eat before you leave your destination or stop at a safe place to enjoy your meal.
If you are drowsy, pull off the road.
Driver fatigue is a contributing factor in a high percentage of accidents. If you start to feel drowsy, find yourself drifting out of your lane, or struggling to keep your eyes open, find a safe place to pull over and as soon as possible. When you’re driving for long periods of time, take a break at least once every 2 hours. Taking regular breaks allows you to maintain your focus and helps manage your fatigue level.