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With the warm weather upon us, backyard pools are a hot commodity in the community.  In addition to making you the most popular kid on the block, pools can pose some serious risks to you and your guests if you aren’t careful.

On average, 30 people drown in private pools every year in Canada**.  As the pool owner, it falls on you to take reasonable steps to prevent injury or death.  It is not uncommon for the injured party (or their parents) to take legal action against the homeowner in the event of a pool-related accident. 

Here are a few tips to help make sure everyone has safe and fun summer in the water:

  • Never leave a child unsupervised in or near water.
  • Ensure guests know how to swim and are sober enough to do so.
  • Always ensure that you and your guests are careful when traversing the slippery pool deck and impose a strict “no running” rule.
  • Ensure you have a gate around the pool that’s at least 5 feet high with secure gate locks to prevent access to unsupervised children or trespassers. 
  • Follow your City or Municipality By Laws with regards to pool installation, ownership and maintenance.

 

Contact Crossroads Insurance today to make sure that you have sufficient liability coverage in place for owning a pool.

**Drowning Statistic source: www.LifeSavingSociety.com
 

Crossroads Insurance

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