Home Safety

Are you a Snowbird Heading South for the Winter?

Heading south to warmer temperatures this winter? Remember to turn your water heater to “off” or “vacation” and leave a spare house key with a neighbour or friend to make sure your home is safe and secure while you’re away. Read more helpful tips for snowbirds this winter.  

Many Ontarians put themselves at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

A recent survey reveals that among the 81 per cent of Ontarians with a fuel-burning appliance in their home, nearly half (45 per cent) have only one carbon monoxide (“CO”) alarm in their multiple level home, putting themselves and their families at risk of a potentially deadly CO leak going undetected. Known as the “silent […]

Carbon Monoxide poisoning and how to stay safe

  Know the symptoms

Do you Follow These Halloween Safety Tips?

Halloween is just around the corner and it’s important we make it a safe and happy event for everyone. Remember, it’s important not to leave jack-o-lanterns unattended if you use candles to light them. For a full list of Halloween safety tips check out this post.

Tip of the Week: Are you Packing a Safe Lunch for your Child?

  As kids are heading back to school, it’s important to think about safety when packing lunches.

Tip of the Week: Pool Heater Maintenance

With pool season in full swing, now is the perfect time to have your gas pool heater serviced (for those of you lucky enough to have a pool!). Like any other fuel-burning equipment, pool heaters need to be maintained regularly to work safely and efficiently. For more home safety tips click here.  

Electrical Hazards: Overloading and Overheating Outlets

Here is some important electrical safety information from the Technical Standards and Safety Authority. Electrical systems are designed to carry electricity safely throughout our homes. Overloading an electrical circuit by plugging in too many electrical items draws more electricity through the system than it was designed to carry. This can create overheating and result in […]

Electrical Hazards in your Home

  Here are some tips from the TSSA on electrical cords: Frayed or damaged extension cords or cord ends can expose wires, resulting in potential shock and fire hazards. Incorrect use of extension cords can create potential shock and fire hazards.

The importance of having a well maintained air conditioning system

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  A central air conditioner, depending on its age, can account for up to 50% of your summer electricity bill. There are some important things you need to be aware of to ensure your system is operating efficiently – including a video about air conditioner maintenances.

Caring for your wood fireplace or stove

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) had this great article posted in their Autumn Watch booklet.  I’m including it below for those of you who burn wood in your homes.

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