How to “insure” a safe holiday season
(NC) Yes, the holiday season is a time to be jolly, but it's also a time to be very, very busy. There's baking, decorating, party hosting-and-hopping, shopping, and much more.
Does your holiday planning include a checklist of precautions you should take to “insure” the season is safe and sound for you and your loved ones? You may think you're being careful, but are you covered and protected financially if something should go wrong?
“With so much on the go, it's easy to lose sight of some of the dangers that can crop up during the holiday season,” says Wayne Ross, an insurance expert at Aviva Canada. “Here are some important reminders of things that can go wrong and suggestions to prevent them from happening.”
At the top of the checklist:
• Oh Christmas Tree: Remember, a wet tree is a safe tree. Water it regularly throughout the holiday season and under no circumstances, leave a lit tree unattended.
• Be the Host with the Most: Monitor your guests' alcohol intake and if you feel someone has had too much to drink, don't let them get behind the wheel of a car. Take their keys away, offer them a spare bedroom, find a designated driver, or call them a cab.
• Be a Good Neighbour: Keep your sidewalk and walkway free of ice and snow. The last thing you want is to have a guest—or neighbour—falling and injuring themselves due to your negligence.
• Check Weather and Travel Conditions: Find out what's in store weather-wise and if the forecast doesn't look promising, allow yourself extra time or, better yet, wait until conditions improve.
Just these few things will go a long way to make your holiday memories happier than ever. More information is available from your insurance broker or online at avivacanada.com.
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