TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - As the inclement weather in Toronto is
expected to continue, Toronto Hydro-Electric System ("Toronto Hydro")
crews are ready to respond if power is interrupted. Toronto Hydro's
Control Centre staff is monitoring the weather and plans to hold back
emergency response crews if needed.
Customers should not assume that Toronto Hydro is aware of an outage and
should call Customer Care to report it at 416.542.8000.
Representatives are 'on the ready' should the call volumes increase due
to power outages.
Cold, continuous rain followed by freezing temperatures can cause heavy
icing on trees limbs that can fall on wires. Heavy winds can also
contribute to power outages in areas with overhead systems.
Pedestrians are urged to stay clear of downed wires.
Some of these wires may be "live" or electrified, which can cause
Currently Toronto Hydro is experiencing only one primary wire-down in
Scarborough affecting 39 customers in the Midland and Ellesmere area.
Otherwise call volumes are low and there are few outages; mainly
individual homes or customers. Residents without power are reminded to
turn off stoves and other appliances to avoid creating dangerous
conditions should power be restored while they are out of the house or
apartment. Residents should not leave candles unattended nor should
they bring barbeques inside to cook or for warmth. Doing so creates a
carbon monoxide risk.
Keep Back, Know Your Limits Always stay back at least 20 ft. from all power lines -- both exposed
underground power lines and overhead wires. To report a wire down, call
Toronto Hydro at (416) 542-8000. And, if overgrown trees are in close
proximity to a power line, Forestry crews at Toronto Hydro are trained
to prune around power lines on private property; there is no cost for
this service if the tree is too close to our high voltage equipment.
Call Toronto Hydro's Forestry department at (416) 542-7800.
For tips on what to do during power outages, check www.torontohydro.com/poweroutage
For more safety information and tips, check www.torontohydro.com/safety
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 owns and operates an electricity
distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately
705,000 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 Ontario.
The information in these materials is based on information currently
available to Toronto Hydro Corporation and its affiliates (together
hereinafter referred to as "Toronto Hydro"), and is provided for
information purposes only. Toronto Hydro does not warrant the accuracy,
reliability, completeness or timeliness of the information and
undertakes no obligation to revise or update these materials. Toronto
Hydro (including its directors, officers, employees, agents and
subcontractors) hereby waives any and all liability for damages of
whatever kind and nature which may occur or be suffered as a result of
the use of these materials or reliance on the information therein.
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SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation
For further information:
Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System