Category Archives: Home Safety

safe christmas decorating
November 29, 2016
Deck the Halls with Safety
Tis the season for stringing up lights, putting out plastic reindeer, and dousing trees with tinsel. In the rush of getting everything together, we can sometimes forget about safety. Faulty lights or tinder-dry trees are a recipe for holiday disaster. Being safety-minded never goes out of season. Here are a few things to remember when…
earthquake preparedness vancouver
October 19, 2016
Shake and Quake
If a massive earthquake hit right this minute, what would you do? Panic? Cry? Pray? Those might be your first instincts, but there are three simple things you can do to immediately reduce the risk of getting hurt during a temblor. That’s part of what the Great British Columbia ShakeOut is all about. On Thursday,…
Furniture Safety Children
July 6, 2016
Dangers of Falling Furniture
There is something in your home posing a great risk to your children and their safety and you may not even be giving it a second thought. Furniture tip-overs are a common occurrence, resulting in some very serious injuries, even death. In the US, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that each year, 8,000 to…
Open House Safety
May 10, 2016
Is Your Open House a Safe House?
A man trips and falls in a hole on a driveway and seriously injures himself. He sues the homeowner. The homeowner argues that the hole had been there for years and no one had tripped before. The court rules that, even though the likelihood of injury was small, it did not diminish the danger. The…
earthquake preparedness
January 9, 2016
Vancouver Earthquake is No Joke
What's the first thing you do after an earthquake? Open your earthquake preparedness kit or open your smartphone and update Facebook? The truth is, even though we live in an active seismic zone, only 20% of Vancouver residents are prepared for an earthquake. But an easy way of getting ready is to make or have an…
December 31, 2014
New Year’s Resolutions to Keep
                                Start off the New Year with Resolutions for a safer 2015: I will not use my mobile device while driving: It’s time to put your phone down while driving. No message is more important than someone’s life. I will…
December 8, 2014
Prevent Toy Related Injuries
The holiday season is here and many of us are shopping for children. If toys are on your list, take a moment to consider how safe they are. According to CBC, a US study suggests that toy-related injuries have increased by 40 per cent in the last two decades. Dr. Gary Smith, an injury prevention…
October 30, 2014
10 Safety Tricks to Keep Halloween a Treat
It’s that time of year again where you’ll soon see everything from zombies to princesses. Keep everyone safe this Halloween with these ten tips: Trick-or-Treating: Join your kids until they are old enough to go out with friends. Trick-or-treat in familiar, well-lit neighbourhoods. Choking Hazards: Crafting and DIY costumes are a popular activity for Halloween.…
September 18, 2014
Owners Liable if Dog Escapes
Rocky is an 89 pound Doberman. One day, he escapes his owners’ enclosed yard and bolts towards a 61 year-old cyclist, knocking him from his bike. The cyclist suffers injuries including broken ribs and a fractured clavicle. Due to his injuries, the cyclist is unable to work for several months. Prior to the incident, Rocky…
May 5, 2014
New Technology Prevents Distracted Driving
By now, most are aware of the dangers of distracted driving. It recently surpassed drunk driving as the number one cause of road accident fatalities, causing 81 deaths in 2012 compared to 55 drinking driving deaths in 2013. Last year, police issued 51,000 tickets for distracted driving offences – many of which involved texting or…