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Toronto Hydro-Electric System Power Outage Update
TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Shortly before 7:00 am today, power has been restored to the area bounded by:North and south sides of Bloor Street West of Jane Street to East of Dufferin Street North of Leeds Street South to Colbourg Street West to Margueretta Street East to Jersey Ave. Toronto Hydro has restored power to approximately 50% of 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 afternoon. Customers without power are asked to call Toronto Hydro's Power Out Line at 416 542-8000 for updates. Power outage tips: - Turn off the water supply to your home to avoid water pipes freezing and bursting. - 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 cord. - 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.