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Cottage Fire Safety

A getaway to the cottage could turn to out to be a tragic one if your cottage isn’t equipped with working fire alarms and a fire-escape plan in place. It is the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of your home, cottage, cabin and seasonal home. Here are some tips to reduce the risk of fire and burn injuries while you are enjoying your time off at the cottage.

Published: 7/10/2015 3:02:00 PM - by: HRC Insurance

Watch out for Invasive Species

Be careful not to introduce invasive species to your cottage. Invasive species such as zebra mussels, Asian carp and Eurasian water-milfoil cost the province millions each year to repair the damage they do. Some invasive aquatic species can survive up to two weeks out of the water and not every invader attached to your boat can be seen with the naked eye.

Published: 7/3/2015 2:49:00 PM - by: HRC Insurance

Distracted Driving

Now that summer is officially here many of us will be spending time at the cottage. Before heading out put your cell phone out of sight and plan a pit stop to reply to any texts and emails. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that takes your mind or eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel. Driving is an activity that requires your full undivided attention as one moment of distraction can lead to unintended and dangerous consequences.

Published: 6/26/2015 2:17:00 PM - by: HRC Insurance

Insect Bite Prevention

Mosquitoes and ticks can transmit several infectious diseases to humans. In Canada, two potentially serious but preventable diseases acquired from biting arthropods are West Nile Virus (transmitted by mosquitoes) and Lyme disease (transmitted by ticks). It’s important to protect yourself from bites, whether you’re outside enjoying the weather or at the cottage. Here are some tips to prevent insect bites while enjoying the outdoors.

Published: 6/19/2015 2:15:00 PM - by: HRC Insurance

Be Bear Aware

In the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk in the media about bear sightings. Let’s face it, there are thousands of bears in Canada but since bears usually try to avoid human contact bear encounters are not an everyday occurrence. When out at the cottage or camping we all need to be bear aware. Here are a few things to keep in mind when enjoying the outdoors this summer.

Published: 6/12/2015 2:13:00 PM - by: HRC Insurance

Ontario Passes Legislation to Improve Road Safety

This week Ontario passed the Making Ontario Roads Safer Act, which included new fines and measures coming in to affect over the next few months. With the new legislation Ontario will have some of the toughest distracted driving penalties in the world. The new bill also includes new laws for drivers in regards to cyclists and pedestrians in order to reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities on our roads. Here are a few things to keep in mind about the new Making Ontario Roads Safer Act when on our roads:

Published: 6/5/2015 2:11:00 PM - by: HRC Insurance

Gardening Tips

With warmer weather in the forecast, now is the time to get started on the garden if you have not done so already. Whether you are at home gardening or at the cottage here are some useful tips to keep your garden healthy and pest free:

Published: 5/29/2015 2:10:00 PM - by: HRC Insurance

Boat Safety

The first day of summer is less than a month away and many of us can not wait to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather that will soon be arriving. Whether you own a boat or you’re at a friend’s cottage for the weekend it’s always a good idea to be up to date with the current boating laws, rules and regulations. If you operate a powered watercraft in Canada, it is Canadian law to carry your Pleasure Craft Operator card. With this week being safe boating awareness week here’s a few tips to keep safe out on the water.

Published: 5/22/2015 1:57:00 PM - by: HRC Insurance

Opening the Cottage

Before heading off to the cottage this weekend check to make sure you have your current insurance documents for the cottage, boat and trailer. Here’s a check list of things you may want to consider before you hit the road.

Published: 5/15/2015 12:55:00 PM - by: HRC Insurance

Think Green!

Have you ever wondered how to implement green ideas without breaking the bank? There are many ways to live a more sustainable life while saving money and the planet. In a large part of the world we refer to sustainability as three circles or sections. The first is environmental, second social, and last but not least economic. These three regions should balance to create a harmonious environment for all to thrive equally while keeping a system for humans to have an economic equity.

Published: 5/1/2015 3:43:00 PM - by: HRC Insurance

Since the 1900's...

Born under the name George Hutcheson, Hutcheson, Reynolds & Caswell Ltd. began providing insurance policies in Muskoka since the early 1900s. Bernard Reynolds joined the firm in the 1940s and purchased the firm from George Hutcheson in 1967. Finally, in 1980, David Caswell joined the company's ranks to complete Hutcheson, Reynolds and Caswell. We have grown along with our name and provide the same dedication to superior customer service and top-notch insurance coverage that George Hutcheson was famous for over 100 years ago.