Toronto Hydro reports power is being restored to remaining areas Reception centres to stay open until midnight - 1 new centre open for residents needing overnight shelter

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro has announced that power is being
restored to the remaining areas affected by the power outage.
    To assist residents whose homes may be too cold to go to immediately the
City will keep its 7 reception centres open until midnight to allow people to
return to their homes safely.
    In addition, the City of Toronto has opened a centre where residents can
stay overnight if their homes are too cold to stay in tonight. The centre is
located at: Parkdale Collegiate Institute, 209 Jameson Avenue.
    Elderly or people with disabilities who require assistance may call
    If going to a centre please bring any of your medications.
    The City wishes to thank residents for their patience and cooperation
during the outage. Staff from across the City today focused on the repairs
required to restore power as quickly as possible and assist residents during
the outage.
    At a news conference tonight Toronto Mayor David Miller thanked
Torontonians for their sense of community and the way in which residents
helped one another during the outage. "I want to thank Torontonians for their
cooperative efforts during this challenging time and all City staff for their
quick response to the outage and the strong sense of caring for the people we
serve," the Mayor stated.
    There has not been an increase in reported crimes. Police are still
maintaining an increase in patrols in the affected areas.

    The 7 receptions centres open until 12 midnight are:

    Metro Hall, 55 John Street York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West
JJ Piccininni Community Centre, 1369 St. Clair Avenue West Castleview Wychwood
Long Term Care, 351 Christie Street Memorial Community Centre, 44 Montgomery
Road Harrison Pool, 15 Stephanie Street Trinity Bellwoods Community Centre,
155 Crawford Street

    Pets are allowed in the reception centres.

    Media will NOT be permitted into the reception centres.

    City of Toronto staff will continue working at the Operations Centre to
monitor the return of residents and power to the area.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    TIPS for when power comes back on.....

    When power resumes, turn things on cautiously and gradually. First, wait
five to 10 minutes. Then, turn on some lights and a desk-top computer. If they
operate normally, turn on whatever is needed, but do it in stages to help
prevent circuits from overloading before the power system stabilizes. This is
important during the winter.
    Do not expect everything to work when power resumes. Heating,
ventilation, cooling, computer systems, and elevators may need to be manually
reset. If it is time to close, assure that any exterior electronic locks are
working before leaving.
    "Block heaters for your car should be treated just as any other piece of
electrical equipment around the home," explains Fire Chief Bill Stewart.
"Cords and connections should be in proper working condition and do not
overload circuits."

    Fire safety tips when using heating appliances:
    (*) Do not use an unattended stove or oven for heating your home.
    (*) Keep space heaters at least one metre (3 feet) away from anything
        that can burn, including curtains, upholstery, and clothing.
    (*) Keep intake and exhaust vents for furnaces and heating appliances
        free of ice and snow accumulations to reduce the risk of carbon
        monoxide build-up from inefficient combustion. Install carbon
        monoxide (CO) alarms to alert you to the presence of this deadly gas.
    (*) Burn dry, well-seasoned wood in fireplaces and woodstoves to reduce
        the risk of excessive creosote build-up in chimneys.
    (*) Allow ashes from your woodstove or fireplace to cool before emptying
        them into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Keep the
        container outside.
    (*) Replace worn or damaged electrical wires and connections on vehicles
        and extension cords and use the proper gauge extension cord for
        vehicle block heaters.
    (*) Consider using approved timers for vehicle block heaters rather than
        leaving heaters on all night.
    (*) Ensure that vehicles are not left running inside any garage or
    (*) Ensure there is a working smoke alarm on every storey of your home.

    To thaw frozen pipes:

    (*) Locate the suspected frozen area of the water pipe (commonly adjacent
        to exterior walls, or where your water service enters your home
        through the foundation).
    (*) Leave a cold water tap downstream of that location open, so you know
        that the pipe has thawed when the water begins flowing again.

    Apply heat to the suspected section of pipe with one of the following

    (*) Electric heating pad, wrapped around the pipe.

    (*) Electric hair dryer.

    (*) Portable heater (be sure combustible materials are at least one metre
        away from heater).

    (*) Note: the use of any open flame in the home or any confined space is
        not recommended, due to the fire hazard and risk from combustion

    (*) If you are unable to locate the frozen section of pipe, or are unsure
        of what to do, contact a licensed plumber.

    (*) Check unused portions of your water system for freezing damage and
        leaks to avoid possible flooding damage from undetected ruptured


For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic
Communications; cell: (416) 919-6500

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