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Toronto Homes: Time to Change the Clocks


Wake Up late again?

Did you miss getting your children to school?

Could it be that you missed that time of year again?

November 2nd at 2:00 am!

Don't forget to turn your clocks back.

My Toronto neighborhood friend, please take this opportunity to check important safety features in your home.

Change all your clocks in your home and in your summer home.

Ensure your smoke detectors are working.

Ensure that you have a working fire extinguisher in your kitchen.

Replace the batteries in electronics, such as garage door openers, Fire alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors.

Have your chimneys cleaned prior to starting any fires. Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.

Replace any damaged or frayed extension cords.

Put all garden equipment away, including outdoor hoses.

Change your air filters in your furnace, and if your hot water, remember to lubricate your circulating pump once a month, while it running.

Have at least one telephone located where it would be accessible in the event of an accident which leaves you unable to stand.

Unvented heaters should be used with room doors open or window slightly open to provide ventilation. The correct fuel, as recommended by the manufacturer, should always be used. Vented heaters should have proper venting, and the venting system should be checked frequently. Improper venting is the most frequent cause of carbon monoxide poisoning, and older consumers are at special risk.

Lead-based paint is a major source of lead poisoning for children and can also affect adults. In children, lead poisoning can cause irreversible brain damage and can impair mental functioning. In adults, it can cause irritability, poor muscle coordination, and nerve damage to the sense organs and nerves controlling the body. If you have lead-based paint, you should take steps to reduce your exposure to lead.

Replace worn roof shingles or tiles.

Clean out the gutters and use a hose to spray water down the downspouts to clear away debris.

Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the home.

Always check to see that cigarettes are extinguished before emptying ashtrays. Stubs that are still burning can ignite trash.

Stock up on salt and shovels for the first snow fall.