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Date Posted: 11/11/2008


Pictou Mutual is proud and excited to announce the Grand Opening of our newest broker, CARMIE MACINNIS INSURANCE, at 125 Main Street in downtown Antigonish. Carmie, a long-time resident of Antigonish County, is now available to serve Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness & Richmond Counties. Carmie possesses her CIP (Chartered Insurance Professional) designation and has been in the insurance industry for 25 years. She is experienced in all lines of insurance products including Homeowners', Automobile, Commercial, Farming and Fishing. Call Carmie at 863-8080 for your next quote or with any questions about your insurance needs. Carmie can give you answers and solutions - that's why she sells Pictou Mutual's policies!

Wood Stoves & Outdoor Wood Furnaces
Date Posted: 9/1/2008

Getting Started with Wood Stoves

  •  When buying your stove, demand improved technology; to include advanced combustion stoves, pellet stoves or catalytic stoves.
  • Look for EPA certification.
  • Locate your woodiest intelligently - it should be located in the space you wish to heat.
  • Install your stove safely - insist that your installer or technician is certified by the WETT program.

Read more to learn:

  • 7 ways to reduce pollution and save fuel dollars
  • Woodburning Tips
  • Operating Tips
  • Guidelines & Tips for Outdoor Wood Furnaces

More about Wood Stoves & Outdoor Wood Furnaces.

For more insurance tips, be sure to visit our Insurance Tips section.


Carbon Monoxide
Date Posted: 8/25/2008

Properly installed and maintained smoke detectors will alert you in the event there is a fire but it is also a wise idea to install a carbon monoxide detector to detect toxic gases and deadly fumes. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, invisible gas that you may not be aware of until it is too late.

More about Carbon Monoxide.

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Oil Tanks
Date Posted: 8/18/2008

Home heating with fuel oil continues to be a common source. Many homeowners however assume that the fuel supplier will check to make sure that the tank and fuel lines are properly maintained when it is in fact the homeowners responsibility. To protect your family, home, property and neighbors there are several preventative measures you should consider. Check to see that your oil tank is approved by the Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada (ULC). If your tank is 15 years or age or older you should consider replacing it with a new tank and not a used one. Do not transfer oil from the old tank to the new one as water and contaminants could also be transferred. Oil tanks should rest on a solid, non-combustible and level surface and should not be touching a wall, resting on wood or wood supports or be placed on stacked blocks. Tanks located outside near a driveway should be protected from impact by concrete posts. If your oil tank is placed in an area where there could be falling snow or ice it should be protected by a shield. Also, be aware of the scent of oil and contact your heating contractor immediately if you detect the odor of fuel oil. Finally, you should have your oil tank, fuel lines and furnace inspected by a certified oil burner technician each year.

Read more to learn:

  • Why oil spills occur
  • The Impact of an oil spill

More about Oil Tanks.

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Date Posted: 8/11/2008

Eventually your roof will need to be replaced. Please keep in mind that home maintenance is your responsibility and not your insurance company’s. Periodically you should check your roof for broken, loose or missing shingles. Also look for signs of leakage, paying special attention to the flashing around chimneys, vents etc.

More about your Roof.

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