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Home and personal safety resource centre

This resource centre provides useful tips to protect your family and your home. Please spend a few minutes reviewing the articles below. If you have a specific question that you would like us to answer, please email us and we’ll do our best to respond.

Break-in + theft prevention

Learn how to prevent and minimize break-ins to your apartment, house or mobile home. Did a break-in just happen? We'll give you next steps for getting your life back in order.

Preparing for earthquakes

It’s important you are prepared for when an earthquake hits. Learn how to create a home and mobile emergency preparedness kit, evacuation routes and plans for your family and home insurance considerations so you have the proper coverage.

Preventing water damage

Water damage can be a homeowner or renters worst nightmare. Whether you live in a condo or large house, these tips are quick to implement and can save thousands in potential damages should the unexpected happen.

Preparing for wildfires

Learn how to protect your family, home and important belongings from wildfires. Get tips for fireproofing your home and preparing your property for protection.

Preparing for rainy weather and minimizing flood damage

Learn the top tips to prevent water damage during Canada's rainy and wet winter season. Also, learn how to avoid a flooded basement and insurance considerations if there is a flood or water damage.

Securing your identity and smartphone

Identity theft and fraud can be devastating. Learn how you can prevent it from happening to you and how you can recover if it does. Also learn how you can be protected with the right home insurance and identity theft coverage.

Preparing for tornadoes, windstorms + winter storms

Learn how to recognize the early signs of a tornado or windstorm, if you can protect your family and home with insurance and other preparation tips for winter storms.

Ice dams and your roof

An ice dam is not something that forms in a river; it's something that forms on your roof. Learn what causes ice dams, how to prevent them, reduce potential damages and how home insurance can protect you.

10 ways you can prepare for overland flooding

Learn the top 10 ways you can prepare for an overland flood. A flood can happen without warning and can severely damage your property and belongings, so it's important you're prepared.

Preventing candle and other household fires

Christmas and New Years are peak times for home candle fires. Square One provides easy tips to prevent candle and other household fires from happening.

Enjoying Christmas trees safely

Learn how to prevent Christmas tree related fires that could damage your home and ruin your holidays, as well as other safety tips to consider when decorating the tree.

Avoiding counterfeit electrical products

Square One explains how to avoid purchasing counterfeit electrical products, and why you should avoid them regardless of the savings promised.

Tips for using barbecues safely

Learn how to safely use barbecues this summer to prevent injury and damage with these 11 important tips. Also learn how you can protect yourself and your family from barbecue disasters with home insurance.

Avoiding accidents in your home

Accidents are always prone to happen around the home. Learn the common ones and how to prevent injury with tips for falls, cuts, burns and more.

Preventing bicycle theft

Bike theft is a large problem across Canada and the United States. Learn how to prevent it from getting stolen and what you can do if it is stolen. Also learn how your bike can be covered with insurance.