How climate change could affect your home

by | Oct 1, 2023 | Home and Living

Climate change is real and we’re already experiencing the impacts, from extreme heat events and wildfires to torrential rains and more frequent ice storms. With this as our new reality, it’s important to understand what measures you can take to protect your home.

Flood prevention
Canada is prone to recurring floods, which not only increases the risk of flooding and water damage, but also the importance of being well-prepared for future events.

The 2023 How We Live report from Aviva Canada found that while more than 80 per cent of Canadians know what a flood zone is, we are less certain about where to get information about flood risks that could damage our property. Speaking with your insurance representative to know what your policy covers and any add-ons you might need can help you be more informed and better prepared.

Here are a few more flood prevention tips to remember:

  1. Your eavestroughs are your first line of defence for preventing basement flooding. Clean them out at least twice a year to make sure water can flow freely.
  2. The downspout should end at least four feet from the foundation and direct water away from the building. If your yard slopes towards the house, contact a landscaper about re-grading.
  3. If you have window wells, keep them clear of leaves and other debris so that the built-in drains don’t get clogged.

Fireproofing
There are also things you can do around the house to minimize the risk of fire damage. Often when fires start, they can spread quickly. Knowing the steps to take in case of a fire can minimize risk and damage to your home and give you greater peace of mind. Here are a few things you can do:

  1. Develop an emergency plan that includes escape routes from your home, a designated meeting place for the family to reunite and contact information for out-of-town friends or family you could stay with in an emergency.
  2. Install smoke alarms and regularly check to ensure they’re working. Replace the batteries each year.
  3. Inspect your home for fire hazards, such as overloaded electrical circuits and combustible items such as newspapers, cardboard and rags. Store flammable materials in approved containers away from heat sources.
  4. Regularly trim trees and bushes on the property and rake up dead leaves. While you’re at it, inspect the trees on your property for any limbs that could damage the house if they were to come down in a windstorm. Consult with an arborist if there are any of concern.
  5. Prepare an emergency kit pre-packed with non-perishable food – including pet or baby food if needed – water, a flashlight with backup batteries, a portable radio, a phone charger and a first-aid kit. Keep some emergency cash on hand and make sure you can quickly gather important documents like birth certificates and passports if you need to evacuate.

Learn more tips on how to safeguard your home from fire loss and water damage at aviva.ca

Related Content

Give your kitchen cabinets a facelift in 6 easy steps

Give your kitchen cabinets a facelift in 6 easy steps

New kitchen or fresh paint? With some simple preparation, a little paint and a free weekend, you can transform the look and feel of your kitchen in just a couple of days. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started. Prep the area Empty your cabinets and remove the...

read more
5 ways for busy parents to tackle stress

5 ways for busy parents to tackle stress

Whether you’re expecting your first little one, have rambunctious toddlers running around or you’re smack-dab in the middle of those tough teenage years, parenting is full of memorable milestones, fun celebrations  –  and plenty of stress. Since stress wreaks havoc on...

read more
Easy ways to honour Earth Day in April and all year

Easy ways to honour Earth Day in April and all year

Every April 22nd Canadians across the country take action for the environment, whether it’s school children participating in a community clean up or families committing to new green goals, like washing their clothes in cold water and hanging them to dry. Here are six...

read more
How to choose the perfect patio furniture

How to choose the perfect patio furniture

Whether you’re enjoying a morning cup of coffee, dinner with family or entertaining guests, furniture adds functionality to your outdoor space. With the right pieces, you can greatly enhance the usability, comfort and overall appeal of your patio or deck. Learn more...

read more
4 tips to spring clean your closet

4 tips to spring clean your closet

A new season finds many of us hunting through our closets, feeling at a loss about what to wear. But few of us have the funds to reset our wardrobe every year. So, here are some tips to refresh your options and clean up your closet this season. Get sorted You might be...

read more