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December 13th, 2017
Planning for the Worst

FOR THE HOME

If you smell gas or suspect a gas leak

Enbridge Gas says to leave the area and call 1-866-SMEL-GAS (1-866-763-5427). This free service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Your water pipes are frozen

Learn how to shut off the water. Stopping the flow of water can minimize the damage to your home. Also Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch and be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.

A fire breaks out – from Toronto Fire Services

• Get out quickly and call 9-1-1 from an exterior location
• Use the stairs to escape (not elevators)
• Close doors to each room as you leave to hinder fire spread
• If smoke is pouring into a room with a closed door, or if the door feels hot do not open it, open a window for fresh air and wait for the firefighters
• If there is no smoke seeping into the room and the door does not feel hot, you can attempt to escape by opening the door slowly - if the hallway is smoky, stay inside and close door and call 9-1-1
• After exiting the building, never return indoors to claim personal articles or pets

General Disaster Survival Kits

You could someday be in a situation where you have to leave your home because of a temporary evacuation or serious weather condition. A disaster of any kind may interfere with normal supplies of food, heat, electricity and day-to-day necessities. The basics of survival are fresh water, food, clean air, warmth, and information. Keeping those five categories in mind, you should put together an emergency supply kit for your family. Plan for 3 days of supplies for each member of the family. Store items in a knapsack you can easily retrieve.

FOR THE CAR

Suddenly your car doesn’t work and you’re miles from home, or you’ve been in an accident or you’re first at the scene of an accident.

Every car needs a proper emergency kit. Store a bit of cash, a flashlight and important phone numbers inside the car. In the trunk, it’s recommended that you have these items:

• Reflecting safety triangles or flares
• Small first-aid kit
• Snow brush and scraper
• Traction aids, small shovel with long handle
• Extra windshield washer fluid
• Booster cables
• Gas-line antifreeze and Lock de-icer
• Paper towels
• Small tool kit (screwdriver, pliers, etc.)
• Warm blanket
• Extra socks, boots and gloves
• Bottles of water/juice and Granola bars

For a more complete Emergency Preparedness Guide go to:

toronto.ca/wes/techservices/oem/pdf/oem_booklet.pdf


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