Toronto Hydro and City of Toronto encouraging residents to make the
streets safer by reporting lights out
TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - With the end of daylight savings time this
weekend, it's likely that the water cooler discussions next week will
be focussed on how dark it is in the morning and on the commute home.
And, with the cooler temperatures, people often wear heavier and darker
clothing making them hard to spot. Studies have shown more driver and
pedestrian incidents occur when the clock is turned back an hour in the
One way to help drivers and others see better is through street
lighting. That's why the City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro-Electric
System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") want to remind customers and residents
how to report a broken street light.
It's as easy as 1-2-3 - residents have three ways to report a street
Call the Toronto Hydro hotline at 416-542-3195, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a
Online at torontohydro.com
Call 311 Toronto for help in reporting to Toronto Hydro
With the season change, it's more important than ever to be careful and
the City of Toronto has the following tips for pedestrians and drivers.
It's darker in the late morning and early evening. Recognize at this
time of year, if you are wearing dark clothes, be extra cautious as
drivers will have a harder time seeing.
Try to make eye contact with drivers before stepping off the curb. Just
because you see the car doesn't mean that the driver sees you.
Wait for vehicles to stop before crossing in front of them. Cars take
longer to stop than you think.
Keep aware of traffic until you safely reach the other side.
Be predictable. Do not make decisions that place you in the path of
Cross at traffic signals, crosswalks and stop signs on busy roads.
Walk, don't run, across intersections. Only cross when you have enough
time to safely do so.
At pedestrian crossovers, push the button to activate the flashing
yellow light and point to indicate your intention to cross.
Weather conditions change this time of year. Dry or wet leaves on the
road can cause vehicles to slide and lose their ability to make sudden
Ensure that headlights, brake lights, and signals are working.
Headlights should be turned on at dusk.
Avoid any distractions while driving like eating or using your phone.
About Toronto Hydro
The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the
distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited.
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited owns and operates an electricity
distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately
723,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest
municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes
approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the Province of
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About the City of Toronto
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's
government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence,
creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size
and cost of government and building a transportation city. For
information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto
residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days
SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation
For further information:
Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System
Steve Johnston, City of Toronto