Toronto Hydro-Electric System Power Outage Update

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Shortly before 9:30 am today, power was restored
to the area bounded by:

    North and south sides of Bloor Street
    East of Jane Street to West of Dufferin Street

    North of Leeds Street
    South to Cobourg Avenue
    West to Margueretta Street
    East to Jersey Avenue

    North of Vine Avenue to Queen Street West
    Quebec Avenue to Ossington Avenue

    Toronto Hydro has restored power to approximately 11,000 customers in the
    affected area.

    We continue to work to restore power to customers.

    We do not have a time of full restoration.

    Customers in this area however may be without power through the

    Customers without power are asked to call Toronto Hydro's Power Out Line
    at 416 542-8000 for updates.

    Power outage tips:

    -  Turn off or unplug electronic components and motor-driven equipment,
       such as computers, fridges, furnaces and pumps.
    -  Don't open the freezer. Food will remain frozen for up to two days in
       a closed freezer cabinet, if undisturbed. Once thawed, cook food
       before refreezing. Avoid opening the fridge. Perishables, such as
       milk, should last six to eight hours, but if in doubt, throw it out.
       If power is off for more than one day in sub-zero weather, you can
       transfer food to a cooler stored in an unheated garage or balcony.
       Don't leave food out in open containers.
    -  Never use a gas stove as a room heater, and don't barbecue inside the
       garage. If a fireplace or kerosene space heater is used, open a window
       for ventilation. Otherwise, there is a real danger of death from
       carbon monoxide poisoning or asphyxiation (as an unvented combustion
       appliance consumes all the available oxygen in the room).
    -  For homes with automatic garage door openers, pull the dangling
       nylon cord to release the door for manual opening.
    -  If you have a gas-powered generator, don't run it in the garage (as
       deadly carbon monoxide fumes can seep into your home). Always refer to
       the owner's manual before setting up the generator. Improper
       installation of a generator can pose a serious electrical hazard to
       Toronto Hydro emergency personnel. Chain it to a solid object in your
       backyard to avoid theft and connect a heavy-duty outdoor extension
    -  Listen to your emergency kit radio for updates, but if the indoor
       temperature gets too chilly, head to heated shelter.
    -  Check that the stove is off.
    -  If you were using the stove, lamps and appliances when the power went
       out, turn them off to avoid possible damage when the power is back on.


For further information:

For further information: Toronto Hydro-Electric System, Media Relations
Hotline, (416) 903-6845

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