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Date & Time: October 25, 2016 (5:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

Join the City and Translink at our White Rock open house to talk about Phase One of the 10-Year Vision, which will reduce road congestion and add new transit services in every community, starting in early 2017.

  • Date: October 25, 2016
  • Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: White Rock Community Centre, Gallery

Public consultation on the Phase One plan runs from October 11-31, 2016. Your input will inform the final Investment Plan that's presented to the Mayors' Council and TransLink Board for consideration in November 2016.

Learn more and fill out our online questionnaire by visiting tenyearvision.translink.ca

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

More fires start in the kitchen than in any other room.

 

Those fires can be expensive; since even a minor incident, with no injuries, can result in significant damage.

That’s why it’s important to keep up with the latest in fire prevention.

 

The most recent research tells us:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Doing so is the number one cause of kitchen fires.
  • Make sure cooking appliances, especially deep fryers, are safety certified by the appropriate government agency.
  • When using oil in a frying pan, always heat slowly at no more than a medium heat setting.
  • Always turn off stove burners and other cooking appliances immediately after cooking.
  • Never attempt to put out a grease fire with water. Use baking soda or a fire extinguisher.
  • Never remove or cover up a smoke detector due to nuisance alarms. The one alarm that isn’t a nuisance may save your life.

Finally, experts say that if you can’t put out a fire immediately, get everyone out of the home and call emergency services.


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Pools, finished basements and shingled roofs are a few of the 14 home elements that can increase your home insurance costs.

Some of the costliest items, according to Alexey Saltykov, co-founder and CEO of InsurEye Inc., a Canadian insurance-services company, are the old home elements that haven’t been upgraded: oil-based heating, wooden stoves, knob and tube wiring, and aluminum wiring.

“Some insurers will not insure you at all, some will require an inspection, and some will classify you as high-risk,” Saltykov said.

And then there are costs for using your home as a business that you might not even have considered.

Most elements are “pretty intuitive,” according to Saltykov. Yet homeowners love to add some of the newer elements, or perceive them as adding value to their home.

Let’s assume an average cost to rebuild value, or building limit, of $300,000. A finished basement leads to 20 per cent more in insurance payments, due to potential flooding, according to the president and CEO of Square One Insurance Services Inc., Daniel Mirkovic.

And a pool “increases the estimated cost to rebuild your home by about $5,000, or six per cent. That will drive the classification of a home into a higher building limit,” while adding about $30 a year in personal and premises liability premiums, Mirkovic said.

Mirkovic says wood shake or shingle roofing can push insurance up over 10 per cent in some cases, if the home is in an area prone to hail or wind. Further, “If your home’s roof is nearing (or has passed) the end of its expected useful life, you may pay as much as 10 per cent more on your home insurance.”

Stone or metal roofs are the best options to reduce insurance costs, according to Saltykov, because they are more durable.

And gardens? According to Mirkovic, traditional pre-packaged policies include coverage for landscaping, fences and gardening equipment, allow you to apply up to five per cent of your building limit towards trees, shrubs, etc. “In our [$300,000] example, this would provide up to $6,000 of coverage for landscaping.” These policies, however, will not pay more than $1,000 for any one tree.

Saltykov says home improvements such as home alarms, upgrading wiring and plumbing, and fire-monitoring systems, will bring premiums back down again.

Here are 14 elements, some old, some new, for your consideration.

  1. Expensive items: Jewellery, art, musical instruments, wine collections, high-end watches, sporting equipment and bicycles –  lead to extra premiums, or “riders,” for coverage. Keep track.
  1. Swimming pools: Pools obviously represent higher liability because of the potential for drowning,
    liability goes up when not protected by a fence.
  1. Fireplace/woodstove: Wood stoves are a source of fire and smoke damage. Insurers will look for additional premiums and/or require a home inspection first.
  1. Oil-based heating: You’ll have trouble getting insurance if you still have an oil-based heating system
    since these result in environmental hazards and can cause fire. Insurers prefer electric heat or
    forced-air gas furnaces.
  1. Business property: Double the trouble: both your personal contents and business property could be lost
    or damaged, stolen or vandalized.
  1. Home being a part of your business: Bed and breakfasts, daycare, and customers or suppliers visiting your home: will all send you back to the policy drawing board.
  1. Aluminum wiring: A type of wiring used in houses up to 1970, insurers don’t like it because of its
    potential to overheat and cause fires. Policies for houses with aluminum wiring will be either more expensive or harder to get.
  1. Knob and tube wiring: This very old wiring – not well-suited to today’s high energy consumption levels – requires connectors that use knobs to keep the wires isolated. Insulating tubes guide wires through walls. You’ll either have to get the house rewired or pay an additional premium.
  1. Old house elements: Roofing and other aging house factors leads to more expensive insurance or sometimes not at all until there’s an upgrade.
  1. Galvanized or lead pipes: Galvanized or lead pipes are older types more likely to build up corrosion, resulting in a negative impact on water pressure and water quality. Insurers prefer modern plastics or copper pipes.
  1. Roof type:  The least reliable roofs are wood shake or shingle, because of vulnerability to weather hazards, which are on the rise.
  1. Building frame: Wood frame homes are more likely to suffer from fire. Insurers like concrete or brick homes.
  1. Basement: Finished basements drive up costs because of potential damage if a pipe bursts or sewage backs up, or there’s flooding.
  1. Garden and Trees: No risk here! But in most cases you do have to pay extra if you want this type of coverage, if you’ve spent a lot of money and are worried about losing this beauty to weather, vandalism,
    etc.

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Surrey Firefighters Event 2015

 

 


Ignite a Dream Educational Awards

 

 

 

2014 Scholarship Award Recipients 

 

 

The “Ignite a Dream” program is designed to help remove barriers and ignite the dreams of children in Surrey by providing educational opportunities that would not exist without our support. These awards 2014 Scholarship Award Recipients are designed to change lives and inspire the recipients. Our hope is that they become valued and contributing citizens who are agents of social change since education is the cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant community. One person has the power to create change, regardless of his or her life circumstances. This award will give both the means and the opportunity to do more — to give back and to achieve beyond expectations.

 


 

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We would like to send a thank you out to the White Rock Fire Rescue Team for making it easier (as they do every year) for us to dispose of our Christmas trees.



On Sunday, the whole team was out in force in Centennial Park to accept our trees (and donations to local charities and the Vancouver Burn unit). Unlike last year, the weather was stellar for the event.



When we arrived around 2pm, there were no other vehicles there, yet they had already received about $6000 in donations. As we drove away there were suddenly about 9 cars with trees  and one man on a bike towing his tree on a trail-a-bike.


 


Thanks again White Rock Fire Rescue! Your community service (not to mention what a great mood you were all in) is inspirational!


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