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Helpful tips to protect homeowners and business owners.Canada can have some extreme winter weather, such as blizzards and ice storms. This extreme weather can leave many dealing with power outages, damaged property, and treacherous roads. Crossroads Insurance has helpful tips and precautions to help stay safe in these conditions.

Protecting yourself and your family is utmost importance:

 

  • Stay away from downed power lines;
  • Keep snow and ice from piling up around drains and down spouts;
  • Ensure all branches /trees are trimmed to avoid breaking under the weight of heavy ice or snow;
  • Keep stairways/walkways/driveways clear of snow and ice;
  • Keep all outside vents and basement windows clear of ice and snow;
  • Make sure to hire a qualified company to clear heavy amounts of snow and ice from rooftops; and MOST IMPORTANTLY stay in touch with family and friends to ensure they are safe.

 

Three helpful tips if you lose power:

 

  1. Ensure adequate ventilation is maintained, but avoid opening doors unnecessarily;
  2. Turn off and unplug all electric appliances; and
  3. Never leave lit candles or heaters unattended.

When power is restored follow these simply steps:

 

  • Leave a light or radio on so you will be aware of when the power has returned;
  • Make sure to check your breaker if something is not working;
  • Recharge all mobile devices, in case of a power outage reoccurs;
  • Plug in appliances in stages to prevent an overload; and
  • Avoid using power hungry appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers.

 

When road conditions are poor, avoid driving if it isn’t necessary. When you do find yourself on the roads here are tips to keep you safe.

 

  • Check the local weather network for road conditions;
  • Assure windows, lights, mirrors and the roof of your vehicle is clear of all snow and ice;
  • Before driving wait for your interior windows are clear of all fog;
  • Snow banks can impede views, so make sure to be cautious when pulling out of your driveway;
  • Keep appropriate distances between vehicles in front of you; and
  • Always keep an emergency kit in your trunk.

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Reopening to the Public!

Effective Wednesday May 27th, 2020, our offices will once again be opening our doors to the public. We will also continue to perform transactions by phone, email and online.

The health and safety of our employees and customers is our top priority and we would like to ensure that safety measures have been put in to place to protect everyone.

We will continue to follow the guidelines set out by the Province of Manitoba and Health Canada. To ensure customer and staff safety, we have implemented the following measures:

  • We will be limiting the number of customers permitted in the office at any one time
  • We have markers placed to comply with physical distancing
  • We have installed protective shields on desks between the insurance advisor and customer
  • Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry to the office
  • The payment terminal will be disinfected in between uses
  • Each station used for a transaction will be disinfected in between customers
  • Further Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing

In an effort to minimize the amount of people in our offices at any one time, we will continue to have some of our staff work remotely.

We will continue to maintain reduced hours as follows: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturdays 10:00am to 4:00pm.

When visiting one of our locations, please respect social distancing both outside and inside the branch, and follow the directions on all signage.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or have travelled outside the province in the last 14 days, please do not attend the office. We will be happy to help you over the phone, by email, or online.

There may be times when our team members are dealing with increased call volumes and walk-in traffic. Please be patient during this time. Please leave a voicemail and one of our Insurance Advisors will return your call as soon as they are available. You can also send your inquires by email, fax, and through our website.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this together. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide you with regular updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Insurance Advisors who are here to help and ready to assist you.

Your Crossroads Insurance Team